Sorry, I still need to get to replying to Buchi's post, there's just a lot to unpack and I keep getting pulled away. But this does not bode well for my theory or indeed many theories, given that it implies that since not all of these civs could be added to the roster, that likely none of the civs with flags will be added. Note that we have: * Civs that are already city states: Argentina, Mexico, Morocco, Sri Lanka, arguably Kenya. * Civs that are already semi-precluded by civs which occupy the same geographical space and general historical/mechanical niche begged by the region: South Africa (Zulu), Kazakhstan (Scythia), again Mexico (Aztec). * Civs that, I'm sorry, will always only be potentially city-states in VI: Papua New Guinea, Iceland, Czech Republic. This does not bode well for Morocco or Siam, since the most likely conclusion here is that the flags onscreen are a means of representing "runners up" and those that aren't already city-states are set to be city-states in the next expack (Reykjavik, Bangkok, Oyo, Prague, and Nur-Sultan?). Which, although Vietnam/Burma could still be stretched into a "multicultural" civ and Swahili/Oman could replace Morocco, that does put a dent in my multicultural theme theory. The biggest problem being that even if we get Byzantium over Bulgaria, that's only three returning civs, and I still don't consider Assyria or any Mesopotamian civ to be a very good representation of cultural synthesis (that isn't already vicariously represented by Sumeria). Multicultural theory might be shot. Although I could still have some slim hope that even if these are "runners up," that they might change the flags if any civs are added to the roster.