I finished a game a while ago as Russia on Emporer, Continents Standard size and speed. I managed to take over my entire continent which included Ethiopia and Montezuma. However, that was the easy part. As I explored the rest of the world, I found a massive beast, devouring everything in it's path...Gandhi. (Cue horror music) He had almost finished devouring poor little Netherlands and Ottomans, and was at least an Era ahead in tech. I knew I couldn't hit him head-on, but I knew I had to deal with him somehow. Luckily I had a new ally - The Netherlands, with only 2 cities left. So I took my 6 Cossacks and my 6 artillery and headed off to the new battlefront, and I purchased a bunch of bombers to take across the sea in some carriers. I upgraded my Cossacks to landships, and positioned my units for an attack. Luckily, Gandhi left his newly-found borders undefended, so taking the first 2 cities back was pretty easy. But then the foul beast showed his face, spewing out 5 or 6 modern armours, which I knew I wouldn't be able to survive without major casualties. But then I realized - I don't have to keep the cities I capture! I can just gift them back to the Netherlands, who Gandhi had a peace treaty with at the time. I began a sweep of the continent, taking 4 cities and immediately gifting them back to the Netherlands, so my army wasn't in danger of a counter-attack. However, my army grew weak, and I was forced to retreat back to the Mother Country. I set up a small military base in a captured city-state. I had wounded the foul beast for now. As soon as I had returned to my country Gandhi began consuming the cities that I had just captured for the Netherlands. Completing the Autocracy tree with a 25% combat bonus, I soon had enough military power for a second invasion force, complete with GDR's, Stealth bombers, and Rocket Artillery. I invaded from the west this time, conquering city after city, and launched so many nukes I can't even keep track. Steamrolling through the country, I had finally beheaded the runaway monster. Best military-funded victory I have ever had.