I like the idea of qualifying bracket tournaments for each position, but you would have to hold them one at a time in sequence, with the winner of each tourney excluded from the next tourney (they already made the team). We can use TourneyBot for this part. Make it so the first tourney is for position one, then two and three. A country qualifies for team participation if they get >= 8 players in the first qualfying tournament.
Then have the country teams play each other like the fibsleagammon TEAM tourneys, with each position on each team playing against the same position on each other country team. That way you can leverage some of the scripts on fibsleagammon already there.
I don't think you need to divide up big countries like the US, as the qualifying rounds make sure everyone can participate. The smaller countries with too few players (<8?) could join with any other small country to get enough players (no more than 16). Who decides this? The players themselves, as follows:
A helpful TB moderator opens a qualifying bracket tourney for small country A (by request in a forum thread). Players from that country register, but after some time (a week?) find they still have only 5 or 6 players). Same thing happens with small country B. After discussion in the fibsboard threads, B players all dropout out their tourney and join the A tourney, which is now the qualifying bracket for round 1 of AB, and the B tourney can still get used for round 2.
In this way, any 2 small countries can decide to merge in order to get in, no matter where they are geographically. If they can't put aside any differences in order to get in, they get left out.
Great idea Biggles. What's the name going to be? The Biggles Cup?
To proceed, I propose that anyone else with a complete format propose it here, and then we can make a poll and vote. I propose 2: burper-format 3-person and burper-format 5-person, as described above, both with the 8 and 16 player limit rules for merging.
Antoher rule: a TD partidipating in the qualifying rounds for their country can not moderate those tournaments, but can moderate the qualifying rounds of any other country.