It took me 65 hours and 303 turns until I reached year 2023.
When I started. I ruled a small Byzantian city of Konstantinopolis, far fromeveryone and isolated on coast with no friends and weak worker and one soldier.
Humble beggining was only an prelude to a great spectacle historyof fictional, yet very intense world. History filled with wars, betrayal, fake alliances etc. At first, it seemed like all other nations and state cities were laughing at me. If they knew what was coming at them, they would probably be better prepared.
But they weren't, so their doom was inevitable. It didn't matter how long it would take, how much it will cost, how many people will die. Byzanc Empire set its only goal: Conquer Everything.
What helped to achieve this, was creation of friendly and trade wanting fake facade, before stabbing everyone into back with brute force. And when it was too late. Last standing nations thought, that if they make alliance, it would protect them. But inside empire, something changed. From inside, by mind of its leaders, it became a never-stopping, ever-hungry growing power of force. Becaming too paranoid, although never being attacked first. When time came and no one, except two last state cities were still free and thinking war is over. Though they can estabilish trade and survive. Proved were they wrong.
Their uphold was short, as by that time empire was unstoppable by any means of power, technology and wealth. By just swing of a finger, a week long massacre have destroyed both last free city states. Onward to eternal glory and rising to stars continued The Great Byzantine Empire (and succesfully adopted communism).
Anyway, I love this game.