Hey folks, So I'm nearing the end of a fun game as Carthage. Large size, epic speed, Emperor difficulty, Terra Incognita map. Game started off nicely. I started on a weird snaky peninsula and was able to cut off access to a large chunk of land, letting me expand very easily. The "old world" was split into two chunks, with myself, Greece, and Askia on one chunk, and everyone else on the other larger one. A nice long mountain range, (perfect for me as Carthage) separated me and Greece and had 3 little openings in it. Well, 3 citadels later and I'm pretty much unassailable by land. Things were going well. Greece gobbled up Askia, and we'd been at war for ages but he couldn't really do anything so I just sat and developed my roughly 10 cities in peace. My religion is the largest one on the planet, and providing me over 100 gold per turn. I was top tech for a while, and pretty soon I turned on the offensive and now I'm in the process of eating up Greek cities. The balance of power on the larger continent seemed to be pretty even. A few civs got eaten, but Spain, Russia, Persia, and the Maya all seemed pretty even. Since I was the lead in tech, but not the largest army, I figured I'd try to go for a science victory. And then everything changed when the fire nation attacked. Or, Persia flipped their and went totally ham on the world. Starting in the late Renaissance era, Persia declared war and annihilated all their neighbors. Over the course of less than 300 years they wiped Spain and the Maya off the map, and Russia doesn't stand a chance, and is already losing cities. Persia now controls more land than the rest of the world combined, and just finished the Manhattan Project in 1840. I was at one point the highest science score, and thought I'd been keeping on top of it, but I'm now a full 6 techs behind Persia. I have noooo idea if I can come back from this. My navy is downright sick, with 5 ludicrously promoted battleships and a few support vessels, but Darius is soooo far ahead at this point that I don't know if challenging him militarily is even an option. I'm worried I'm too far behind in tech to stop as well! Is there anything I can do? Darius is downright ballin' out of control. I don't think he can be stopped! What are the odds I can somehow pull a science victory out from under his nose?