I didn't say we shouldn't have any Earth history. I said that confining the playable time of a given Civ to when it historically existed is injecting too much devotion to Earth's timeline to the point of negatively impacting playability. Some Wonders have been made up in various incarnations of Civ. Adam Smith never ran a trading company, and Leonardo's Workshop isn't exactly a well-preserved landmark in Europe. Many of the traditional "seven wonders" of antiquity were omitted from Civ I and Civ II. We don't have a Space Elevator yet, and we may never, nor do we have SDI/Star Wars, nor Space Ships. The game is a fantasy version of Earth, loosely based on her history. But you reach a point where confining the game mechanics too much in the interest of duplicating Earth history interferes with gameplay and fun. Given your parting shot about American ignorance, I can't help but suspect you harbor some general distaste for the USA and it annoys you see it listed next to the likes of Greece, Rome, Byzantium, and Carthage. Which is fine, you're welcome to your opinion. I'm not exactly a big fan of Stalinist Russia, for example. But I wouldn't try to confine its playability in the game because of that. Fun first! Realism second!