Since the Dutch boys have already attacked Spain, it looks like you are out of luck to play your mother country Haash... An idea/thought
: wouldn't it be fun if we could run our own Naval Action server and each player takes on a country? Or each of us being a Governor of an island within a region of the map so we can ensure contact, such as Lesser Antilles where most countries had a colony.
They already have the ability for Open World (OW) solo players to 'hire' AI escorts, so that would allow the creation of at least small fleets right? Sadly, I do not think it is possible at the moment to have our own server; online play is limited to their OW server at this point to keep player numbers up.
Will post about this idea over there, but will expect a broadside from the opinionated...