Except that Tigranes DID win the game as junior partner of mighty Russia! If you cannot beat them -- join them! It was not even exploit when you violated our player to player agreement -- it was simply poor sport which forever influenced my opinion about you and contributed to decline of this community: being one of the very few active veterans I became completely disillusioned with the people who supported your poor sportsmanship and stopped starting new games, inviting players and motivating newcomers. And at the end you didn't even win and I returned and joined the victorious team! As for Hercules I cannot even understand how can he talk about exploits in the face of very normal game mechanics! Just protect your spaceships with counterintelligence spies in every city! Espionage is the major factor of today's (and yesterdays) world. What would happen to WW2 course if the Enigma would not be broken? They did not have to go to Berlin for it. Obscure U-570 sinking in Mediterranean may have yielded not only its Enigma machine to the British, but also its valuable code books and ciphers. As for leaving other games -- I consider it very unfair action. Unfair to other players. I stopped communicating with Luthor and but continued with games due to my respect for other players, @Hercules90 included. So sad to see this kind of behaviour from the veteran player!