Ignoring marketing and catering solely to my tastes, vanilla lineup which would satisfy me if repeated every time. India - anybody except Gandhi China - anybody except Mao (shudders), Huangdi or token female Wu Zetian. Persia - please God no Achaemenids anymore, bonus points for Islamic era leader, name list and traits Arabia - any good medieval caliph is fine Egypt - anybody except Cleopatra, hell we have great alternate choices even for females Greece - honestly I love Firaxis unexpected idea to put Alexander in separate 'Macedon' civ, because his personality was always warping Greece into hardcore military civ, so as weird as it sounds: anybody except Alexander. Also, preferred Athenian leaders because I utterly despise Sparta. Rome - anybody other than Julius Caesar. Germany - anybody provided he/she's supreme ruler of either HRE, Prussia or German Empire. France - anybody other than Catherine di Medici, also I prefer somebody else from Napoleon for sake of diversity. England - anybody other than Churchill, Victoria and Elizabeth. And on top of that I prefer parliamentary leader such as William Pitt, because any other civ can have a monarch but few can have cool prime minister. Russia - anybody other than Stalin (shudders), Peter the Great or Catherine the Great. I love the latter lady but again, something fresh please. Mongolia - should be in vanilla lineup. I will not say 'anybody but Genghis' because he's basically demigod, but I'd be fine with other khan once (and Genghis as inevitable DLC ) America - anybody other than Washington (and preferably also Lincoln) Inca or anything Andean - yeah I think they should be in vanilla lineup every time, either them or any other Andean civ (but others have huge problem of lack of leaders). Anything from Mexico - may change from game to game, just anything from here: it doesn't have to be Aztec, it may also be Maya, Olmec (again: leader problem) or... Mexico. Anything from South East Asia Anything from Subsaharan Africa [wilcard slot] And yes, for me vanilla lineup doesn't have to include Aztecs, Mesopotamia, Ottomans, Spain or most controversially Japan.