I'm on an uber-huge map right now with 18 civs, marathon speed, my neighbors to the south-west are the celts, due west the greeks, to the north the English, and to the east an ocean, and the Khmer, but they don't really figure into this. I'm using the BAT mod so I can see my opponents strength relative to me, and for the first 400 turns or so I was 60% as strong as the Greeks, who had the strongest military in the game. Now the Greeks bit off more than they could chew. The declared war on the Celts, English, Mongolians (fairly remote from us), Khmer, and Ethiopians, who were also remote but were almost as strong as the Greeks. It doesn't end well for them. This is during the age of axeman/swordsmen etc. They had by that time around 9 cities. They lose 5 of them, 4 major. They still had Sparta & Athens though. By the end of the war the English had one of their northern cities, the Celts two of their southern cities, and the mongolians had capture one of their major western cities, and torched another. I get along with everyone and didn't join in this particular war. By the end of it, which was about 30 turns later, my strength was about equal to the Greek. I figured they were done, and would probably vassal to somebody when the time came. They were 3rd from the bottom out of the 15 civs I had contact with, maybe 50 points from the bottom. They only had a couple decent cities left, and their territory was in ruins. Here's the thing though, about 30 turns later they declare war on the same people again, minus the Ethiopians. And somehow it works. Over the course of another 30 turns yhey take back their cities from the celts, torch a couple cities from other civs, and capture an English city, as well as liberating the one that had been taken from them. Their strength jumps back up to where I'm only 60% as strong as them. Their territory has been restored, and they're now 3rd in score, decided to declare war on me and the Ethiopians again, and are ravaging the celts, who were 3rd strongest and not too far behind the greeks as far as power. They're rolling around with 20 stacks of units in my territory, the celts, and they're sending one north I presume to attack the English or Ethiopians. I have NEVER seen an AI player come back like this before, they were probalby no more than 8 or 9 turns from elimination when they made their peace treaties to end the first war, and now with this 2nd one they have literally quintupled their territory in the space of 30 turns. Has anyone ever seen anything like this?