I didn't try it myself, but I am interested if anyone tried to achieve a SV with Assyria, conquering cities just for the techs... It sounds a bit like an agressive CV to me: you only conquer your science competitors, because you can only steal techs they have already researched. Did someone try this strategy? On what difficulty level (it's probably most effective on highr difficulties where the AI get lots of bonuses)? How did the game go?