I don't claim to be an expert player when it comes to Civilization, and I actually prefer it that way because it keeps the game fresh and exciting for me (unlike the pro players who tire of consistently beating the AI on Deity or Apollo), but the game I just experienced was exciting, intense, and possibly the best Civ game I have ever had the pleasure playing, despite my total and utter defeat. A little bit of backstory is in order here: I was playing as the INTEGR on a lush, atlantean small map with 8 players. I was doing fairly well in the game up until this point, I had the second highest score behind the African Union and had successfully managed to craft a fine hybrid Supremacy-Harmony military that was definitely pulling its weight, easily crushing Brasilia's and NSA's tier 3 navies. I was best buddies with Africa, and for awhile it seemed like I was going to cruise to an easy Harmony victory, until disaster struck. I checked Africa's affinity level and they at 13. Holy ****. All of the other AIs were maybe affinity level 9 at the most. This completely caught me off guard, they were quickly becoming runaways and that required some military caution on my part. So I knew that war was inevitable with them, and that being said, I positioned my navy on their borders in preparation for an attack, even though I wasn't planning on initiating it for at least a few more dozen turns. What I wasn't expecting was for them to break their alliance with me, and declare war on me, completely catching me off guard. And what followed was an blitzkrieg; they quickly captured two of my still weak water cities and annihilated my navy on the left. In a matter of turns they had destroyed upwards of 6 of my top tier units, and they were comparable to Barre's full upgraded Purity units. Despite my best efforts, I knew I was done for, but chose to fight it out to the bitter end. His units were strong though, I mean really strong. He had obviously been building up an immense military, and once he started rolling he just didn't stop. I like how the Civilopedia states that Barre is a "kind, gentle leader, but is ruthless when necessary". ...You don't say. I've attached some pictures that show my capital before his assault, my capital after his assault, my last stand and the fighting that occurred when he wasn't bombing the crap out of my cities. This game was on Soyuz. I know that some people will scoff and say," heh, that's nothing", but like I said, I am not a pro player, plus his military was very powerful, and he knew how to use it. Kept his subs in the back, always tried to isolate my units when possible (which of course really hurts Supremacy units), and later on brought Dragoons into the fray. The AI might not be that intelligent but for me, it can really put up on hell of a fight, and this is what makes the game so fun despite its numerous bugs and flaws.