4.) Uprising -- judging by images of the Map, every province is connected. So, broken links aside, is it possible for an Uprising to blanket the entire map in Revolt tokens? If so, ouch... Or are the rules using 'linked' in this instance to mean only the provinces a single space away? If so, this conflicts with the definition of 'linked' used for the "Empire Status" step.
No, all along the rulebook provinces linked means directly linked ('neighbours')
. In the Empire Status step, "any Unrest token linked to a Revolt token is changed to Revolt
" means that you change those linked (neighbours) and if as a result others become linked, you keep doing it for the new ones (any). Not the case in the Uprising, it applies only to the ones linked to it.