What do you guys think about the idea of having multiple options for leaders to play as for each given situation? Like being able to play as Kennedy in addition to Washington when playing America, for example. Or being able to play as Hitler when playing Germany, as an alternative to Bismarck. Or being able to play as Stalin when playing Russia, as opposed to Catharine. Or Mussolini for Italy. Or being able to select such personalities as foes.
And I realize a lot of you are going to say "Firaxis will never do that because having Hitler in the game would be too controversial." - And that may or may not be true, but adding Hitler doesn't necessarily have anything to do with my suggestion. I'm more just interested in having more variety in leaders and bonuses for Civilizations... if you know of some others that would also work, that would also make me happy... so it doesn't necessarily NEED to be someone controversial or anything. I'm just interested in having more options, and more variety in my games in terms of diplomacy personalities, and having some new faces and stuff in the game..
I kinda like this idea because when I'm playing, I often like to select appropriate Civilizations that match a certain "region" or time period... as best as possible, anyways. So, if I want to play as the Americans, I might put Civs like Britain and France in there. Or if I want to play as a Native American civ, I might include nations like Britain, France, Spain, etc... as a sort of "New World"-style game.
I think having new options to choose from for leaders could be useful to this end.. so you could choose from a selection of leaders to select ones that more appropriately match a certain time period you are interested in playing in (perhaps not perfectly, but at least giving you more options, anyways).
It could also just be nice to add more variety... different leaders to try diplomacy with... different people in your games and stuff. It might also be an interesting idea to have different leaders provide different bonuses. For example, playing as Kennedy, maybe you could get some kind of science bonus or something because of the Apollo Program. Or, if Roosevelt were added, maybe the bonus could be a production bonus from the "New Deal." And, maybe if you select Bismarck, you get some specialty relating to his time. Maybe if Hitler is selected as Germany, you get V2 rockets.
What do you guys think?