So bad it hurts. Beginning with the troops scattered in the middle of nowhere is no way to build a successful empire. But, look on the bright side: The location is incredibly defensible against a land attack! And there are lots of crabs nearby.
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I guess I have a different mindset than most other gamers. If I saw this as my starting position I'd crack my knuckles and say "Well, this should be interesting..."
And start building up naval tech.