i think the scenario is fabulous ... , only i would balance it more . give the small civs some Prophets and Engineers in their cities so they can support some tech and building units. also , since its 2010 .. i guess all civs should have some regiments with promotions ... where is all their history ? - the military civic you made for small civs seems wrong ,it should be -100 war , +100 % military units , and + 2 xp ,ie total war. i don't see it make sense to have Germany and France each have 2 cities in Europe and compete with EU ... they should all be IN EU and hold Russia at bay. -change Mali name to Nigeria .. makes more sense.(Mali's population = 14 mil , Nigeria = 155 mil) UK needs its base in Indian Ocean ( Diego Garcia) and Cyprus. EU needs the Antilles and Guyana in the Carribean and Reunion in Indian Ocean and also Iceland.(and i would definetly include France and Germany in it) US needs Panama , Bahrain and Okinawa as military bases ,( small cities = size 1 with hospital and courthouse ) Thailand should have Philipines.(for the sake of localized civ power and to let Japan conquer it. .. perhaps some neg points vs Thailand too) There need to be some promoted (lvl 3-4) and fortified barbarian units(redcoats) in Afganistan , Pakistan , Iraq , Somalia , Sudan , Timor , Nigeria , Colombia ,Philipines , Mexic , Honduras , Rwanda , Cambogia and Nepal ... since there actually are revolutionary and terrorist groups there. i personally played Japan , and though its hard at start , i managed to make myself an empire by conquering Taiwan , Thailand and Indonesia . i plan to add both Koreeas and Philiphines next , before i try China.