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Over in Ayyubid territory, Saladin orders his people to colonize the first (second) city in the BR right on the Suez Canal! Three turns in and the Ayyubids are already looking to be in a better strategic position than they were for the entirety of the last game.

Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyubids are pretty low on the rankings for a number of reasons. First of all, they have no room to expand and are pretty much boxed into their tiny corner in Northern Africa. They are surrounded by Ethiopia, Carthage, Mali, Sparta, Byzantium, Israel, and Arabia. Any attempt to escape from being boxed in by warring their neighbors will leave them more vulnerable. Also, their unique are faith focused, but don’t give any advantage to creating a religion fast, making them have to ride on another civ’s camel. If the Ayyyyyyyubids somehow are able to not let themselves be boxed in, create a religion fast enough, or enslave the Israelites again, they may have a chance of staying in the game for an extended period of time. However, it is most likely that they will become boxed in and turtle.

Ranking: 51/61