Taking a look at Lagoon from 3hares Games. Visit their Kickstarter here:
This is a fabulous 2-3 person tile game. It does feel a little like an abstract strategy game, though David has taken care to weave his theme into every aspect of play.
I have personally backed this game and hope that you will do the same. It is as polished and political as one could ask for a game from a small publisher.