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From the moment Saladin settled Dvin on the Suez canal, we knew we’d be looking at a civ that knew what it was doing. And, like Ireland, their Final Performance Ranking is much higher than their exit position. At one point they conquered their way, very briefly, into owning more of Africa than Ethiopia and Carthage. But an ill-fated war against the latter and a harsh citadelling from the former left the Ayyubids helpless in the end.