From: London, UK
The +2 PP for Leader returns is out of whack. That is more than a reward for an international alliance.
I scanned through EiH v 5.0 pretty thoroughly and could find no reference to the PP for free states. That said, I have playtested it pretty extensively and it works just fine so if you do take it out, I'd at least make it an option.
Ashtar is correct that we have to maintain some balance in PPs, but if every body has relatively equal access to a PP metric, then the balance is maintained.
Besides, whenever one fellow gets ahead there is more than enough power in the remaining 6 to stomp him, GB at sea perhaps excepted.
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