On the plus side, having loyalities to someone other than the
faction head will mean that your empire breaks up nicely. I
personally play about three or four different groups that
are relitivly independant, but get central funding :->
If you want to build up a large faction, then your going to
have to spend a lot of time messing about keeping up with
your subordinates. On the other hand lots of people don't
want this complexity.
What I want is for the indervidual to count for more/groups to
be harder to come by.
One of the nice features of olympia is that you can specialise
in a certain area. On the other hand the only way to ensure
survival is to keep a reasonably large faction about. There is
really very little point in having a single person with combat-10.
This was the problem I had with the heir system in the first place.
And I suppose an argument in favour of faction trees with loyality
that decreased the longer the bits went without seeing you. I you
want to run an empire, its going to have to cut into your study
Sorry if this has been a little disjointed, but its a group
of my opinions on various subjects in this area.