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Part 9: Behold! The Rise of the Underdog!

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    This is u/KingEggbert, former “expert” power ranker and now a do-nothing college student, (pre-med at the College of William and M…

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    As per usual, u/SylonL has updated a gorgeous colored map of the world as of the end of part eight. For those that don’t know, u/P…

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    We start out this chapter in the arctic winds of the North, where the Inuit contemplate sending another settler to reach a desolat…

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    In this slide, we can see the embarkation of two settlers: one Inuit, and one Blackfoot. Does this mean a race to colonize the tai…

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    Greetings and Aloha to the sandy beaches of Hawaii! Despite starting off with ocean embarkation, Kamehameha still managed to let A…

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    In Central America, we see the extremely solid Texan navy, which could absolutely wipe-out the Buccs if they are the first to cara…

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    Korea’s clutch on Guangzhou remains solid, and as always there are Israeli spies watching, keeping notes. Also in this picture: co…

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    Oh boy! PHILIPINO GALLEASSES SPOTTED! Does this make up for the fact that they literally have an army of scouts, warriors and arch…

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    On the African front, The Boers have decided to ignore the Zulus led by Oblomov Shaka, and turn their sights Northerly the past fe…

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    Mongolia graciously accepts Shaoshan as tribute from the Chinese, who honestly had no business settling there in the first place.…

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    Sparta inches ever so closer to Cumae, but while weakened, the Romans have both of their UUs at their disposal defending the hotly…

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    Australia is still kinda just chillin. With only two civs on the entire subcontinent, it is no wonder how Kimberly and Australia a…

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    For those who were paying attention to the announcements atop the screen the past few slides, you’d have noticed the Ashanti wars…

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    The mighty Timurid army located above the dangerous forces of Afghanistan and below the might of the Hunnic carpet of battering ra…

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    With the Cham trireme in the way, the Philippines only need one trireme around Vigan to hold off the entire Vietnamese navy. Japan…

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    “Swiggity swooty, we’re coming for St. Louis” seems to be the battle cry of the Western front of the Icelandic navy. America coul…

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    The tug-of-war between the Moroccan navy and Ashanti army continues, and the Kongo seem to be setting themselves up for a (veritab…

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    In a move no one will likely care about, the Tibetans and Huns are now at war! Something tells me this won’t mean a thing. Since t…

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    In a move that might actually surmount to something, Tibet has declared war on Burma. Take that, you Buddhist heathens! Anyone tha…

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    Now back to Spartan Pikemen versus Roman Ballistae. What on paper looks like an easy Spartan victory is proving troublesome, and n…

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    Armenia is an underdog due to the fact that their UA nerfs them into keeping themselves from attacking anyone in their vicinity, a…

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    One would think the USSR have a snow bonus the same as the Inuit with their preference for taiga and tundra, but nope. Which real…

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    Vigan is still contested, and in a ballsy move the Philippines send only triremes to defend, sending their galleasses out elsewher…

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    Ahhh, there is where the galleasses are going: Pangasinan. Nice one, Philippinbros, but do you really think that the EXPERT POWER…

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    Speaking of the Nazis, here they are. Hitler has NO discernable Navy, making a Scandinavian invasion a mere pipe dream, and clearl…

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    Speaking of major luls, the Kimberly have bypassed INDONESIA for CHAMPA. One would think with Indonesia’s spices, trade would be…

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    At this point it isn’t “will Kumasi stay in Ashanti control?” so much as “will Morocco or the Kongo net the second capital of the…

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    The Mongolian invasion of Shenzen has been halted by the Sibirian forces, as was likely Kuchum Khan’s strategy all along. The Mon…

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    And Kumasi goes to… drumroll please… MOROCCO! Congrats Ahmed, you really made my power rankings look embarrassing (I put you at nu…

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    Maria heard what I had to say, and to test her mettle, declared war on… Saladin? Wrong Arabian leader, Maria. In fact, that’s pret…

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    Kamchatkifest Destiny goes to: THE INUIT! Congrats, and their city looks like a true keeper with furs, horses, and is that amber?…

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    Watch out, Phillippinbros. There seems to be no more monopoly on galleasses in this war, anymore. That being said, Geelong looks l…

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    The scuffle over Vigan is getting heavy, are you sure diverting your galleasses wasn’t a mistake now, Philippines? Vigan should ha…

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    The Ashanti make peace with Kongo, ultimately securing Atebubu. Without an Eastern front to worry about, maybe the entirety of the…

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    The invasion of Lalibela by The Boers was ultimately a failure, and Kruger decides to retreat and regroup for the time being. Thei…

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    Thankfully I get a break from typing as TPang decides to net a second screencap of Hawaii. Phew. Thanks for the breather, TPang! I…

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    The Cham empire is more formidable than you likely thought. Perhaps moreso than Burma? Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Bu…

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    Wow, maybe the Cham DO have a chance against Burma, they have the technological advantage! The Cham could also ake Vijaya back whi…

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    Here we get a view of the Mughals, a former powerhouse who now seem to be flirting with obscurity. The Afghanistan generals seem t…

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    In an unprecedented move, America is competent at some facet of the game! St Louis seemed to be dead in the water, but so far nary…

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    Sensing the imminent Icelandic threat, Canada is forging a bond with America, proving the adage “The enemy of my enemy is my frien…

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    On the other half of the World, The Armenians declare war on Timurlane. A startling move: the Caspian Sea is dominated by Timurid…

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    And as quickly as Morocco took Kumasi, The Ashanti took it back. This game of back and forth may never end. Morocco would probably…

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    Cumae is being held steady by the Romans, holding the theatre to a stalemate. An army of Ballistae are being embarked as well, is…

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    Phagocytosis, more like phago-SIKE-tosis. Ok I’ll stop. Anyway, Afghanistan seems to be capitalizing on the Armenian-Timurid war,…

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    Remember when we all thought Elizabeth had no chance? Wow, that was a long time ago. Now she is turtling just fine and has a popu…

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    Here at the Cape of Good Hope, we can see Oblomov Shaka spamming spearmen, for, ultimately, an army of Impis to wreak havoc on the…

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    The last few islands in the Pacific are being snatched up by whoever can get there first. Here we see one-tile islands hosting cit…

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    The sleeping giant is still sleepy and still giant. I don’t think I am the first person to call them Snorlax, but the name fits th…

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    The war of the Sarais was just a ruse: it was all along just a race to Shenzen. Sibir graciously accepts China’s offering as tribu…

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    Casimir and Elizabeth declare war on Sparta, despite the fact that Hitler is easy pickings. Oh well. Seems like Leonidas has bigge…

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    Here you can see the Armenian Great General/Great Prophet hybrid UGP: the Mamikonian. From the Cv V customization wikia: “Mounted…

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    I know this slide is probably more so I can concentrate on the Buccs, and this may be my Texan fanboy inside of me talking, but WH…

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    So, now Vigan is again at zero hitpoints. And once again, there are ZERO Vietnamese melee units or triremes. Congrats, Cham archer…

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    And the Eastern front? Pangasinan is falling to the six ships (two of which are galleasses) the Philippines sent out. Can the unde…

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    Once again thanks for the breather screencap, TPang. I needed it. Mackay is still a dumb name. On to more pressing slides.

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    Now onwards to the Middle East. The Menorah sigil represents the Israeli UU the Maccabee, a swordsman replacement with a flanking…

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    Mirwais Hotak is finding the siege of Lahor more frustrating than anticipated. It was never going to be a cakewalk since it was su…

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    Back to the Australian mainland, where we can see… oh no. You’ve got to be kidding me. Ok calm down, just ignore it, think happie…

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    Kakongo is ka-crumbling down, basically at a rate that seems as if Nzinga doesn’t even want it anymore, but is willing to let mill…

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    The Adriatic wars continue, but with Poland in the mix it is hard for Sparta to gain ground, and Rome is clearly content with main…

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    St. Louis is looking much worse than it had the last time we saw it, and seems ready to capitulate itself. This would be the first…

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    And… Pangasinan falls to the Philippines! Did you see that coming? The navy around Greater Newcastle seems, er… greater, and the c…

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    In case you were wondering, yes, Texas is still not to be messed with. Over half of their cities are capital-quality, and they hav…

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    Here, the Blackfoot civ has shown to power out a navy, at the expense of possibly too little melee units. Will that come back to h…

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    Arabia seems to be doing well in their little theatre, where Baghdad is under a lot of pressure from Arabian swordsmen. Their army…

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    And our final slide shows the Icelandic navy victorious against Lincoln. Or should I say, Reykjaviktorious? Or maybe #Rektjavik? T…

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    And as always, we end with the data slides. Texas is comfortably number one, with Hawaii being the surprise of the bunch at number…

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    Mexico and Mongolia don’t seem to be doing bad enough to be in the bottom ten, but I don’t make up the stats. The others seem to b…

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    Did you think the USSR was top five in military? Me neither. Sparta being left off the list is surprising as well, they might have…

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    Yakutia at the top of another list. Go figure.

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    The Zulus at the bottom of another list. Go figure.

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    The Inuit, Australians, and Boers are at another level with city settlement, although some of the Australian cities are on one til…

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    Judaism rocks. Islam struggles for relevancy.

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    The religion overview: two obvious things of note. Catholicism is about to explode once contact is made regularly with South Ameri…