Prior to this system of dual leaders, practically none of the players were treating these as the same civ. They wanted Phoenicia and/or Carthage, not a blob. Same with Maurya. The entire civ V steam mods support this way of thinking, so I'm sorry but you're flat out wrong if you think I'm the only person drawing this distinction. I was a proponent of a Carthage/Phoenicia blob, and was repeatedly shot down by the majority who would never accept something so heinous. Until it actually happened. Also, if you think whatever you have been presenting to me is reason or evidence, then I make no apologies likening your arguments to ideological tyranny. Christianity improves society because you say so. Mexican heritage does not involve the Aztecs because you say so. You may or may not have informed ideas. I can't tell, because your rhetoric is shoddy and impressionistic and indignant, and after spending excessive time dissecting it there isn't any room left for egalitarian discourse. I think that is an equally disappointing solution to me because I don't think there is enough to make Byzantium distinct and interesting. Greek fire isn't enough potential imo when so much design space has been eaten up in that region. So either way one of us is doomed to disappointment haha.