I just have a question before I claim a spot on the map. Does the geography of the territory I'm claiming have to be the same as the geography I would like my nation to be? I'm looking for a spot that is very mountainous and similar to the Alps, but the closest thing I can find is #41, which is unfortunate because it also has some desert which is the complete opposite of the geography I want.
Yeah that's completely fine. The map with the topography is only meant to be a general guideline, but you can totally do your own thing too. We don't update that aspect of the map though, so as long as you can live with that. Welcome to the region by the way, we're glad to have you.