Hi Amlost, and thanks for the feedback
On sample fiefs: This has been one of my darling projects for years, and it is good to finally see it materialize. Actually, I wrote up one or two more for the FSR GMG, but I think they arrived too late to be included (and in any case, there would probably have been no room for them anyway). It is safe to say however, that more sample fiefs will appear in the future (I've also written several for other projects). As for a dedicated sourcebook for running a fief, that would be fantastically fun to have, although it would be a major undertaking
An option I've been toying with is to do a sandbox location setting with say... 3-4 minor house fiefs, a bishopry, and a few other features, written in such a way that the GM could use any of the factions as the players' home team. This would not detail any fief-running rules as such, but could contain a fair few dramas revolving around local politics, family plots, provincial culture etc. Would that be interesting, do you think?
Quality of the planet maps: I agree, they didn't turn out too well... I bet they were scanned off the original books (as HDi has lost the original text and arts files as I understand it). I hope we can get better pictures of these in the future.
As for forcing sub-sections into individual planets' histories, I am not entierly sure what you mean here. We didn't rewrite or add too much to these articles, altough there was the odd added paragraph and such. Is it the headlines that you find forced? They were indeed slotted right in where I found the room, to make things easier to reference. Did that perhaps turn out to interfere too much instead of clarifying the text? Or perhaps it is the section headings you object to? Please clarify and advise