Originally Posted by hastarin
I started with Asia personally. You get the full benefit immediately and it saves on the cost of the facilities you'll need early on. The 30% bonus from Africa is only 3 satellites to get and more worthwhile once you have US and Russia for the cash. That's the order I did on my current playthrough anyway. I'll have to see if it works on Classic.
I wouldn't try it without a full Psi soldier and knowing what I was going up against. Ideally a small scout that I'd taken down with a Fusion Cannon.
I quite like South America as a starting point. Instant interrogation and autopsies is quite neat and a real time saver.