This suggestion might seem strange but here goes anyway. for the 2nd round, the french nation will be destroyed, there is no avoiding that, but i believe this will happen in every server, no matter what. This is due to the starting point of the Capitals of France and Denmark (mostly) and the proximity of Holland's capital as well. It is next to impossible that french can expend without being in conflict with either of those 2.... I propose that, for futur rounds, the Capital of France be put in the Gulf of Mexico, more specifically, to New Orleans. this would give a more balanced chance for all the 6 nations to grow, without butting heads after 2-3 days!
2nd and 3rd town of france in the gulf could be LaBahia and Corpus christi, so france does have at least ONE decent trading route (by decent i do mean SHORT distance for GOLD income). tho its not a default of the game per say, it sure would give a much fairer chance for all 6 nations, or at least, it appears that way.