Actually, its ridiculous that you would understate the situation like that.
You should have picked a different quote to reply to, then, because that's exactly what your comment is saying we should be "standing up and acting like free men" in the face of.
You haven't seen all the complaints of how idiotic and unappealing the region stuff is?
No. I've been too busy enjoying the game, region stuff and all.
Thats funny because my friends, myself, and many others had that same sort of feature in SimCity 4 without a central server.
Not in the way SC5 has it. The cities interact with each other in a way greater than dumb road and pipe connections with neighbors that may or may not exist.
And while I'm on the subject, the "regions" aspect of the game is damn fun. You have to build your city with surrounding cities in mind -- taking a city that is successful in one region and plopping it down in another wouldn't necessarily work very well. It's not like they just tossed always-online DRM onto a reskinned SC4; the always-online requirement is fundamental to gameplay.