My god, that was very hard, since there were no trees I had to use a market place and that was hell, although one I got it kicking I made a hell of a castle, and a hell for the attackers.
Once again, difficult as hell to start out as, but it was a nice balance of resources (other then wood of course) and terrain.
This is probably what I liked most about it, you could easily put trees at the bottom, but you made it a mountainous wasteland, a pleasant (kind of) change.
Map Design: 5
The design was great, I loved the mountainous feel, my Stronghold on the mountain looked perfect.
Story was very nice, well mostly, from what I gathered you wished to build a fortress in the wastes, and you gave a nice dramatic effect to it in the description, but it could use some more story, like what happened to the trees?