Should an experienced gamer but a complete newbie to this game take the role of the Americans or British? Does it matter?
It's hard to disagree with the game designer, and I may be biased by my many game plays, but I'd want to play the Americans were I a n00b. The Brits have the power, but what would a newbie do if dealt a hand of 1 cards and events as the Brits? The Americans have a ton of flexibility.