Ok, so I realize that PI isn't an American company, and I can't really blame them for not understanding the situation here in America in 1836, but the starting situation in the U.S. in 1836 is hilarious. To wit:
-Conservatives (Democrats) control 100% of the UH (Senate) at the beginning of the game. In reality, the 24th Congress (which sat 1835-1837) in 1836 (before the addition of Michigan and Arkansas) 24 Whigs (Anti-Jacksonians, technically, as the first Whig Party convention wasn't held until December of '36), 20 Democrats (Jacksonians, as the Democratic Party didn't officially exist until 1848), and 2 that I would consider reactionaries (Nullifiers John C. Calhoun and William C. Preston).
-I didn't check the makeup of the LH at the startgame, but just for the record, historically there were 91 "Whigs" (75 Anti-Jacksonians and 16 Anit-Masonics; both of which eventually folded to form the Whig Party that history knows), 140 Democrats (Again, Jacksonians), and 7 reactionary Nullifiers.
-There were only 24 states at startgame. Michigan and Arkansas were added later in 1836. If this is correct in-game, my apologies, as I didn't take the time to count them.
-I really find it awful that the ACW is triggered by something unrelated to politics. The whole name of the game in the antebellum period was the balance of power between the slave states and the free states, since this determines control of the Senate. Slavery Debate should trigger the rise of the Free-Soilers, followed by the Republicans. I also feel like (and again, I have to apologize, I know nothing about the inner workings of the game) these liberal parties should have a much easier time being accepted in free states. In fact, I'd say most of the North should start out dark yellow. It's hilarious that New England is well over half Democrat at the start-game, and stays that way for about 20 years, even if you NF it from the start. Furthermore, the ACW was triggered by the ascendancy of the slightly more radical Republican Party in the person of Abraham Lincoln. Seems like there would be some way to replicate this, though - again - I'm no expert on how the game works internally.
-Even then, Lincoln dared not free the slaves. He had no real intention of ending slavery - just of limiting it. Freeing the slaves came about as politically expedient way of crippling the southern economy, placating radical northern abolitionists, and catering to European diplomats - 3 birds with one stone.
I know there's more I wanted to write about this, but I can't remember what all it was right now. I'll come back when I remember.