Imperator dev diaries are always so exciting to read. I do think it is the most innovative of paradox's games.
But heres an example of why people say it feels the same playing no matter where you are:
This statemanship mechanic feels like it fits well in a civilized empire like rome, or greece, or other civilized places like that. But it feels out of place with tribes in northern europe. While i'm sure experience makes for better leaders in tribes, too, something called "statesmanship" has feeling of an ill fit.
But other than that, it does seem like an exciting development
YES! This should not be something the minor tribes have especially the barbarians. Also, the Sicily and Greece redos are awesome but Ireland and Baltics? I mean c'mon what is the point of those?