Texas can into sudden relevancy? No, not the technology charts, the right hand side! A war has erupted in North America! A war which will not be covered here! Tune in to Part 13 this Sunday!
Australia is sharing the number one spot today with Yakutia. Combine that with their large army and decency on the battlefield and you have a top contender. Australia is also the only one to date to enter the Renaissance Era, which unfortunately does mean there are some earlier technologies the gilded roo needs to catch up on.
To be honest, the Gilded Roo sounds like it could be a great pub.