[–] Skyrock [OP] 1 points (+1|-0)

This looks like a very interesting variant, as it abides the standard rules, but adds an extra layer of currency speculation.

Many different strategies thinkable, such as buying-and-holding a strong power like France and leading it like a regular Dippy nation, going for underappreciated weak powers like Italy for guaranteed influence on the physical map, trying to manage 2 or more nations while fending off hostile take-overs, or even going for pure currency speculation without actual Dippy orders.

It should also work with a weird number of players, as it isn't required to actually control a nation. As long as you aren't bankrupt, you are in the game.