Why do people keep bashing my country ? We have a seperate culture, identity, and we've contributed more to the world in the past 60 years than most civilizations have in the last 2000. American culture is not european, meso-american, african, asian, or english. A famous essay by Frederick Jackson Turner does a good job of describing the evolution of American culture. I'm sure many of you have read that essay, being the educated bunch that you are, but if you havn't I suggest you look it up. Now please, take the stick out of your ass and admit that America is not a simple extension of European culture. If anything American culture has overtaken European culture and has heavily influenced it. On topic, I believe that the Byzantine Empire deserves representation. No matter what they claimed to be they were not Roman, they were not even close to being Roman. They were more Greek than Roman, but they weren't Greeks either. Being influenced by a culture isn't the same thing as being an extension of that culture. If we used that logic than Russia would be a continuation of the Byzantine Empire. Its also important to note that many nations claimed to be an extension of the Roman Empire, or even the new Roman Empire in some cases. If we excluded every nation that claimed to be an extension of Rome or was influenced by Rome we wouldn't have England, Russia, or Germany as playable nations. Its common sense.