Since 1701, 1404, 2070 and 2205, and still today with Anno 1800 (Full DLC : I'm a big fan of the Anno series and in particular Anno 1800, but also 1404 and 1701), I still find it absurd and illogical to see maps with islands that are too small and also with beaches that are too small, not long enough !
I like to make it big and have room / large and flat islands to build a big and beautiful city on every island (on the bigger ones at least), whether it's specialized or not, versatile (polyvalent / multipurpose) or not, cosmopolitan (different stages of settlers ) or not...etc.
And Anno would not be Anno without its ports, its harbors, its counters, its large port areas !
I love having huge ports, with everything that can make up a large commercial, industrial, touristic and even military port (with its defences), with 100s of ships docking while others leave !
But unfortunately long beaches are very often missing to build large complete ports, especially with the Dockland DLC and other DLCs that add port level content, it's absurd and illogical to offer such small islands with beaches also so small !
And that was already a problem since Anno 1701 !
So with Anno 1800 it's still more true and inconsistent (incoherent), you need big islands and long beaches to build magnificent ports with lots of quays, docks, storage warehouses, depots, piers...etc, etc. !
The islands of the New World are worse, they are even smaller and are made up of too many rivers, therefore it is difficult to build big and beautiful cities comparable to those of the Old World !
I think I'm not the only one thinking that !
And it's very annoying because I spend hours looking for the best "Seeds" but it's so long, it prevents me from playing, and so it's not normal, it's incomprehensible !
Of course, you also need smaller islands and worlds that aren't too big for PCs that aren't powerful enough, you definitely need everything (diversity), but for those who are lucky enough to have a very good PC like me, it's terribly frustrating of never finding the right Seed (map) to have big islands and long beaches !!!
Please take this into account in your future patches and DLCs ! 🙂