Started playing Norway finally, and holy hell, that civ is fun! Perhaps it's all the rebalancing after so many years, but what's not to like about a civ built around pillaging? Consider that (1) since you can get naval dominance quickly, your victims probably can't retaliate, (2) it gets you a ton of science and culture, and (3) it kneecaps your competitors, and you've got yourself a good time. But I've had these experiences with unpopular civs a few times. Spain was a blast - my conquistadors were knocking down cities like they were Godzilla or something. What's the problem? Georgia was a ton of fun. I had no problems wracking up faith and creating invulnerable citadels across the mountains. Recently demolished a huge map on Immortal using the Maori. Especially with preserves (even without them), I essentially got to pick whether I won on science, culture or diplomacy. What other widely-panned civs did you find to be incredibly underrated?