Victoria 3!!!

I'm not sure what to feel with people talking about DLC features when the base game hasn't been released yet. Shouldn't we be hoping for these in the base game before wishing for things as DLC? And then shouldn't we wish for them in free patches?
On the subject of fixing Vic2's political failings; can there actually be protectionists in this game? I have no clue why they made it so every pop on the planet is in favour of free trade, in a time period when most governments' primary source of income was tariff dues.