I wouldn't mind seeing a Government Map and a Trading/Leadership Map.
The Government Map would show each tile's government (Red = Communism, Green = Capitalism, Black = Anarchy, Purple = Technocracy, Orange = Theocracy, Blue = Monarchy, Cyan = Bureaucracy, Yellow = Democracy, White = Fascism ... just like each Government Icon's Background Colour...) with the Sea of Rust in the Sea of Rust colour, or gray.
Trading/Leadership Map would show where the Leaders are, and ability to trade with them. Black = Sea of Rust White = non-Leaders with no Customs House or Office Tower Yellow = non-Leaders with Customs House or Office Tower Green = Leaders without Office Towers Blue = Leaders with Office Towers
You wouldn't need to explain it here; just explain it quickly in the Documentation on Leaders. Just say "Leaders who cannot trade globally are shown on the Academy map as green; those who can, as blue. Players able to trade with Leaders are shown in yellow."
^_^ This would be useful to see at a glance who can trade with you, and who can't, if you're a Leader, and also let you see who can trade with other Leaders.
Make the government map only available to Monarchies?
Or possibly only available to Leaders.
Hey, there's an idea. Government-specific maps.
Fascism would show vassals and masters: Masters: Blue (darker blue for more vassals) Vassals: Red Masters who are also a Vassal: Purple (darker purple for more vassals)
Democracy would show grow %: Only Food Chance: Shades of Blue 100% Food Chance: Blue Tree Chance: Shades of blue-green 100% Tree Chance: Green Bonus Food Chance: shades of green-yellow 100% Bonus Food Chance: Yellow
Anarchy would show where other Anarchies are. (heh)
Technocracy would show who has domes and who doesn't.
Theocracy would show who has churches and who doesn't.
Monarchy would show all governments. (or all diplomats?)
Bureaucracy would show who has the ability to trade with Leaders.
Communism would show all spies/agents/(diplomats?) in the world.
Capitalism would show how many items players currently have in their inventory: Has storage space: Shades of blue Negative storage space: Shades of red (whiter colours indicate less items)
Actually, an item map would be COOL. Then you could see when people were about to dump horribly when it rains XD