The choice of your initial continent is important. Without a good starting position, you may find it exceptionally difficult to compete with other players who have a better strategic position. The initial continent depends on many factors such as the number of players in the game and playing order.
Your initial position also depends on the overall strategy of other players. If the general wisdom of the group (or house style) is to disallow anyone to keep a continent, smaller continents are obviously more desirable.
Notice that it is possible to win the game no matter where you start the game, but that the game would probably be a tough game! The results of the surveys on the right shows the community's preference. Please share your views with other readers by providing an answer to the survey question.