I just really wanted to foster some discussion (again) on whether its possible to get more than 4 ships. Now i know that you cant have more than 4 companion slots - But what if you had AI ships that generated whenever you entered the sea map, and were given your nationality and orders to defend you. Perhaps a second interface method might be used to give orders to these ships. This would be just like an encounter with lots of other AI ships, albeit on your side and with you having limited control over them. Perhaps you might treat these ships as an independent squadron. Would allow for fleets. Ideas?