Hello,I can calm you on two counts here:
* The stand-offs in the SCW and in the Low Countries are gone in the latest version (keeping my thumbs crossed for the Belgium hang-up, but haven´t seen it in the last four test runs).
* oil/rare plants will be in a future version
Generally, you all can expect a release candidate "shortly".
Once 0.50 is out I, for one, will certainly have a look at DH. Since Porting CORE to AoD took 8 months of work, I do not think that we will look at a CORE port to DH. The main fear there is different province ids, which means rewriting everthing related to ai and events (taking out single subs or DDs from CORE is peanuts compared to this). But maybe I´ll be pleasantly surprised ...
You don't have to use DH map. The game still features HOI2 map (as "DH Light") that you can use for your mod if you don't want the new map.
A comprehensive modding documentation and modding tools come with the game so that converting a mod such as yours should be a matter of minutes, really.
Now of course, taking benefit from all DH features will take more time, but it's just a matter of balancing, you know exactly what I mean.
Anyway, I don't like hijacking threads so just feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com if you have any question/inquiry.