With the beta scheduled to go out TODAY I thought we should go over some of the game concepts here.
Now, as has been mentioned, the graphics for beta 1 are stripped far far down in order to focus on the core game play.
Now when you start out the game, it is just your sovereign. The world is largely covered up. As seen in this screenshot, you see the outline of land but not much else.
Eventually, you will come into contact with other players as you can see here.
Designing units (with weapons) revolves around 3 factors: How often they can attack, how much damage each attack can cause, and how much training time the selected weapon adds.