Apologies for the double post, but I couldn't pin down what it is I like about this version of the game so much when I wrote the post earlier. In the UK, the widely accepted view about the Industrial Revolution's origin was that in the 18 century British inventiveness and science was the best in the world. Fairly jingoistic and populistic - but there you go. IN the last twenty years there been a reassessment by historians. In truth, many of the inventions that took off in Britain at that time, were actually invented on the continent. The current view amongst historians specialising in the era is that access to resources was behind the rapid British development. It was at the time unique amongst the nations of Europe in having an extremely large supply of easily available coal (the coal was either on the surface or very close to the surface). It was cheap. So the industrialists had an easy and cheap power source. Only Belgium had anything equivalent. Jump ahead a couple of hundred years and France after the war (due to it's lack of coal) decided to implement a policy of nuclear power station building. Currently 50 percent of it's electricity is generated through nuclear power stations. This has given it certain advantages when trying to meet Kyoto and EU carbon emmission requirements. This pattern is repeated throughout history. It's not just about technology. It's also all about resources. The iron ore in Japan was not high quality (don't ask me for details). The iron that went into the steel of the samurai swords was all sourced from other countries. What I think I like most about V is that resources and control of resources really counts. The game isn't just about science. Controlling the iron resource on a continent can completely change a game. Coal, aluminum, similarly. Just linking your empire to one single resource is not enough. It's about how much you can tap into. This is for me the main game changing feature of V which keeps me coming back for more. 1UPT is righteous but it pales next to my pleasure at resource control.