Norway's place in the game seems to have changed a lot. They haven't been directly tweaked, buffed or nerfed (so far as we know), but Norway has been significantly affected by changes to general gameplay, along with some of the new civs' uniques. The Maori are better at embarking and crossing oceans, and they're better at early-game conquest (thanks to the Toa/Pa), and they have a better yield economy, and they have a strong CV game as well as decent science and religion games. Phoenicia has a better unique galley, better naval production and better embarked settlers, and has a half-price harbour, and can fully-heal entire navies in one turn, and has an excellent trade economy, and has all kinds of loyalty shenanigans, and, like the Maori, is not by any means locked into a Domination victory. So what does Norway have left? Coastal raiding? Sure, but between Medieval Faires and Electricity (roughly three full eras), the Ottomans have the best coastal raider in the game. As far as I can tell, the Stave Church is the only Norwegian UX which isn't directly outperformed by another civ. Although if we assume the principal purpose of a Stave Church is to get hammers from coastal tiles, then surely the Kampung is the superior UI. But as far as Norway in GS goes: The upsides: Military tactics is no longer a leaf. Pillaging is significantly more powerful. The downsides: Even though the Berserker is now more technologically relevant, it's still a questionable unit at best. The Maori start with Sailing and Shipbuilding. The Maori can embark into ocean from turn 1; their embarked units are also stronger and faster than Norway's. The Maori get +1F from fishing boats for free. This is admittedly not as good as Norway's +1P, but Norway requires a Holy Site + Shrine + Temple. The Barbary Corsair is now the best unit in the game for coastal raiding. The Bireme is (probably) as good or better than the Viking Longship in every way, except for Norway's coastal raiding and ocean-crossing. Phoenicia gets +50% production to all naval units (not just the galley->destroyer line), and settlers (the best unit in the game). Phoenician settlers are better than Norwegian settlers at embarking (better LOS, better speed, same free (dis)embarkation). This isn't a criticism of the Maori, the Ottomans or Phoenicia; I think all three are well-designed. And I'm not saying Norway needs some kind of monopoly on bonuses towards embarkation, ocean-crossing, navy-building, pillaging or the fishing boats improvement. But it does seem wrong that pretty much all of Norway's "unique" abilities are now outperformed by other civs (who also have strong bonuses in other areas). As far as I can tell, Norway isn't "the best" at anything. There's essentially nothing in Norway's kit which isn't done better by somebody else. So is Norway doomed to be a weaker, more boring, domination-only version of Phoenicia or the Maori? Or will the pillage buffs really make enough of a difference to keep them fun, distinctive and competitive? Like, will it be possible to pursue a culture/religion/science victory through pillaging? Going warlike and aggressive without actually trying to conquer land would make for some interesting gameplay. I loved religious Norway when I played at King, but it doesn't seem all that viable at Emperor+. Could GS faith pillaging change that?