Hi there mate, very interesting stuff it took me quite a while to read XD
First off as you know me and my team are very very very busy with working on our upcoming release, however, my team do bear a certain amount of experience now after a lot of mistakes So I would be willing to provide me and my teams brains to be picked about any aspect of modding I would love to just pop by now and then and just see how your overall progress is going and seeing If I can help
A suggestion or two though as you did say I could this is coming out of experwince of what I have dealed with. Completely decide what exe you want to use from the start as it will provide so much headaches and confusion if you change in 6 months time. Why am I saying this?
The reason is because I would suggest to use the alex exe instead of BI, you may say ah but I want features like the religion or shield wall ability. Well don't worry about that as me and my team have worked out and recreated the system on the alex exe in fact changing the original purpose as well so instead of religions like christianity, pagan ect, we shall forms of government such as oligarchy, democracy tyranny ect. Little changes like this can make a real difference
The reason I say this now you still have those abilities, you can take the advantages of the alex exe such the increases AI, increased model slots an so on. Also you may be aware we are creating playable sea battles, we shall be releasing this discovery to the public so if you would like to use this feature, you shall have to use the alex exe.
Just food for thought mate, I hope you like my idea and good luck wid your mod mate, if you would like to copy paste this message to your other team mates for talking over feel free