Having seen the Polish nationalist thread, I decided to run the numbers based on representation of cultures within culture groups, as determined by me: Tier 4 (Arguably Tier 1) Latin - 3 Primary (Spain, Rome, France), 1 Secondary (Brazil), 1 Periphery (Greece) Latin is the most populated category, if only by the virtue of the Greeco-Roman relation. I would not feel a "Greek" or "Byzantine" group would be fair and I think "Mediterranean" is both too broad and making Greek as seen as extra-European instead of making it unique within Europe. A good spread within the group accommodating mostly everyone in the New World (together with the Germanic group). Tier 3 Germanic - 3 Primary (Germany, Britain, Norway), 1 Secondary (USA) Without Greece, Germanic peoples account for an equal number of civilizations as the Latin group. Again, three and a secondary European culture (USA). Norway is, maybe, a bit surprising, as Britain is a sea-faring Germanic culture. Maybe Vikings are popular right now? Tier 2 East Asian - 2 Primary (Chinese, Japanese) No surprises here. Mesopotamian - 2 Primary (Scythia, Sumeria) We always see a few ancient civilisations from this part of the world. Middle Eastern - 2 Primary (Arabia, Egypt) It's a bit weird to choose a Greek lady to rule over Egypt. Weirder yet that they have her speaking Egyptian? Maybe it isn't. Antiquity isn't my thing. Tier 1 Meso-American (Aztec) Almost as much of a mascot as Gandhi. Slavic (Russia) Honestly, I would have excepted a second Slavic civilisation, but I'm not surprised that there isn't. South Asian (India) Gandhi is a sort of mascot, but its a shame he is included. I've heard people use the argument that he's simply the most recognisable Indian on the world's stage Moderator Action: snip Please read the forum rules: http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=422889. These games should be used to educate people, not only children (like Civ 1 did with me and my friends) but people who like strategy games, but may not be super keen on history. Sub-Saharan African (Congolese) Token black empire? Yep. Arguably, there are much better selections for the role of "token black empire", but I suppose if these games are educating people (they did educate children in the 1990's), it wouldn't hurt to get more African civilisations that haven't been included yet. Verdict: I need a verdict? I suppose my verdict is that the distribution is as you would expect in mostly giving people from nearly anywhere someone to play as. This roster doesn't break new ground and that's probably not terrible.