I'm assuming that you're referring to the AI here (difficult, considering the reference to CiV was the whole game, but certainly "wonderfully-improved" applies to both games), but uh. Are you forgetting the AI on release? We emphasise the existing faults (and some things that have persisted since vanilla - though I haven't seen many / any G&S-specific AI-using-aircraft reports), but to claim there haven't been solid improvements is . . . well, just wrong, really. This normally gets countered with "well the current state is something I can't stand", and that's perfectly fair. But not the same argument.