Why not just scrap the "region" subforums, and have it in a far simpler form.
That is, economics/trade, politics/diplomacy, incidents/wars, and a news subforum.
While it may look messy to some, it also gives the impression of lots of activity.
If you have seperate sub forums for each country, in most cases you will only see two or three threads ever created. Makes the forum look like a ghost town.