- Portugal, with 15 grain farms, 7 open ranges, and 3 horse ranches, adjoins one GP and one MN; its best capital site can support a population of 12, and it can discover cotton and sugar cane on its first ship move; but its own iron ore deposits are quite a distance from the capital and nobody seems to sell any (well, maybe a unit or two every couple of decades). At least it is better off than neighbour Spain in that regard: Spain has only five provinces and has to run a line even further to reach its iron ore.
- Sweden, with 25 grain farms, 5 open ranges, 2 copper and 4 iron ore, but no horse ranches and no tin, adjoins one GP and exclusively three MNs; probably the easiest win.
Tin is in short supply. England, France, and Sweden have none; the other three GPs have one each. So all will be looking to use diplomatic and/or military means to get supplies to go with the much more plentiful copper for the early heavy artillery and important mid-game military units such as horse artillery.