Missing out on the top ten by two votes (don’t worry, it’s not like your vote would have made a difference), Finland were the ultimate surprise civ: not least in the fact that they survived the early stages of the game to begin with. Not bad for a civ placed 59th in the inaugural Power Rankings.
After they had solidified a place for themselves in the world, then came the paratroopers. Taking land as far away as India, the Middle East and Mongolia, Finland were the masters of bordergore and the bane of every cartographer. They did well in most of their wars against their neighbours, until Sweden declared war with a carpet Finland could not match, and they were reduced to an empire we lovingly named Exclavia. Overall, a performance to be proud of that made for a good story too.