Deploy Commander on Turn 1
The commander is an interesting new feature, but having it auto-assigned can be frustrating. I suggest it become something players can deploy on turn 1, when turn 1 armies are being deployed. That way, if you don't get your top pick in distribution, you can still have some strategic control over where this piece is located. Since the death of a commander leads to instant defeat, it would be nice to have more control over where it is located.
Probably not in turn 1, but in intermediate turn - after picks but before turn 1, so you can see where opponent commander is (if your starting territories are adjacent). I voted, nevertheless.
Great idea! I had the idea to rank separate, not sure which I would prefer.