@Namib, small bonuses are better in the beginning than large bonuses. I'll give a quick example, from one of the games I played on the 2v2 ladder:http://warlight.net/MultiPlayer?GameID=6563442
Notice that Anna took Central America and her opponent took East USA. Anna had Central America at least one turn before East USA could be taken, and she wasted no time in slaughtering him.
One of the first rules of strat. 1v1 strategy is, if a bonus can't be taken in 1-2 turns, it isn't worth looking at.
Edit: I just realized she also had West Africa too. Her opponent used two starting picks to take East USA but by the time he could complete it, she already had a +3 and a +4 bonus, and had invaded Florida.
Edited 7/12/2014 21:28:24