^ you right, it sounds it will be quite different, and very promising! :)
That some parts will be less open will be much better for gameplay.
But 700-1000 territories is really a lot!
Rise of Rome has just 273 territories, what is good for 3vs3~5vs5...
But we do have this map that is around the same size:
Benelux Huge (999 territories)https://www.warlight.net/Play?PreviewMap=30181
The only map of the netherlands that has between 12-395 territories is your Netherlands population destiny (169 territories)but that one is not your best map...
For the next map maybe make one of 150~250 territories, so it can be used for fast 1vs1, 2vs2 and 3vs3 games.
Maybe of the Dutch Republic in his golden age? (Dutch Republic is geographic also smaller)
Dutch Republic at 1609: http://www.haagsetijden.nl/images/republiek_der_zeven_verenigde_nederlanden.jpg
If you can make a map like that, and it will look nice, then i'm sure it will be use a lot and maybe become one of the most used maps. :)
Edited 3/22/2015 15:54:33