Let me ask you this... if the AI were programmed to, after losing 5% of their nation, sack their own cities as soon as you could take them and after another 5% of their cities were lost, give up and split their nation between all neighbors if they have any, would you find the game as enjoyable to play? Is that a strategy that I should consider including for the AI consideration? If that were to be done to you as you were invading an opponent, would you not carry on with that war? I was a lion starving for territory. I still don't have enough to survive. And I'm rapidly running out of strength relative to my neighbors. I've gotta do what I can. Peace cannot save me for it will only leave me further starving in relation to my neighbors. This is not dissimilar to what happened to Saddam I suppose. Prior to attacking Kuwait, he came to the US ambassador and asked if the US would intervene if he were to invade, given that he had no port for naval access and needed it to remain competitive with Iran. He had cause to believe we'd at least stay out of it since we'd helped him rise to power but apparently he didn't realize the greed we possess for the oil in his lands so when we assured him we would have nothing to do with a conflict in that region of the world and he acted on that reassurance, he stepped into the mistake that eventually led to his total downfall.