This is strictly speaking in terms of the game of course. I know that America is universally considered one of the weaker Civs in the game. I agree too. I've spent some time trying to figure out a way to make them useful, but have come up short. I honestly think that their Unique abilities and units aren't bad, but they're just inconvenient to use, and don't point to any victory condition or play style. Let's consider it: Probably their most useful attribute is to the +1 sight. It helps logistically for setting up sieges, but also is useful for scouting and finding new land to settle. So you would think that it would a good Civilization for wide. But... They also have the ability to buy up tiles cheaply, which would make you think that it would be a taller empire with wider borders (its also a lame ability because in addition to Russia's UA, they can also build a Krepost which basically gives them this ability). And, they have the Minute Man, which is actually a pretty great unit, and is basically a scout on steroids. However, it comes late enough that your scouting should pretty much done, and all of the ruins will be gone. If you wait to start your rush now, you'll probably be getting pretty significant war monger penalties because you'll have met ever Civ. And... the B17 is a great unit, but it comes waaaayyy too late to help with a domination victory (and I assume domination because the unit is focused on taking cities, and not much else). If you want domination, the victory should be pretty well in hand before the airport/bomber tech is researched. Of the four unique abilities/units, I'd say that the game points most favorably to domination of the four, but a domination victory would be nearly impossible playing like that. I would think that you would need an ability to reduce maintenance cost, raise happiness with conquered cities, or have units that were proficient at taking cities early on. I suppose an alternative would be to go cultural, and use the B17's to go Monument's Men on other Civs that are refusing to give into your influence. As people point out, its ironic how lame America is, considering that in real life, we pretty much already have all of the VC's in hand. We're the last remaining Super Power, we dominate movies, music, and pop culture, we won the race to the Moon, and we control the UN.