No. The outcome is NOT determined by who clicks fastest. It is impacted by who THINKS fastest but even then it most definitely is not decided by that.
I can imagine that for you picking on small earth is a challenge you have to think about. Fair enough.
But i can assure you, halfway decent players would just pick SA and Australia and then most likely Africa and Europe. So for them, it would just come down on who spots the wasteland first.
I have to assume you dont get the point as usual and just enjoy talking about things you really dont understand Mr.Sharpe.
As written before, my point is not so much that picking faster is the great imbalance on every map. I am specificly talking about small earth. All the other templates offer enough variations that the person picking first doesnt have a game deciding advantage. But had any of you played the template a couple of times, you would know exactly what i am talking about.
The way it is, the standard game between good players on this map is the following:
One has South America, the other has Australia.
Both have equal income because of it and fight a proxy war everywhere else on the map.
If you now happen to have a wasteland in one of the region SA or Aus, its is not balanced anymore since the income disparity is automatic.
My advice, which i will repeat again, just remove the wasteland.