Rules revisions will liven things up in Year 2.
There is more opportunity for establishing diplomatic relations with nations farther away.
New random events may appear this year that will bedevil or gratify out harried leaders of Westeroids.
Forts/castles have appeared throughout the land for invading armies to ignore at their peril or worse attack.
Hopefully nations will try out new strategies on land and sea – coastal raids, pillaging raids.
Using the revised National Profile Display should help a lot in keeping track of details.