For my first game as the Sidar, I naturally went for the Council of Esus religion. My neighbors were all Council of Esus fellow members, with attitudes ranging from cautious to friendly. Most of the surviving nations of Erebus were neutral or evil, with only the Bannor still holding the "good alignement", and they were being attacked by the Illians, Sheaim and Infernals. Also, Hell Terrain was starting to spread through neutral territories... Since my own country was doing pretty well, I thought now would be the time to use Gibbon Goethia's "impersonate leader" ability. The Illians were really crushing the Bannor, so my goal was to get them to send their armies out of Bannor territory, towards strong Barbarian units to get weakened. It worked out pretty well, giving the Bannor time to strenghten up against their other enemies, so I was quite happy with the result. Except... That when I got back to playing the Sidar, the AI had sent most of my city defense units to attack Abashi (champions and longbowmen mostly, this was mid-game), and considered that catapults and adepts were the best way to protect my border cities. The neutral Clan of Embers found it to be a good occasion to invade, and half my empire was lost to the Clan in the about 10 turns I was spending in Illian territory. Lorewise, I'm guessing it's the crazy agriculture advisor who pops up in that early-game event who's been given the keys to my empire, cause nobody else would act so stupidly ! So, except if you're alone on a continent, is there any way the AI can't f*** up your game when you're impersonating another leader ?