Beating Iceland by a margin of almost ninety votes, we have the Trung Sisters.
The fact that a civ like Vietnam can finish as low as sixth is a testament to how many top-quality civs we had in the game. Vietnam were destined to be something brilliant the moment they proved themselves against China, and the great westward leap – all the way to the Middle East – left many of us thinking they could be true contenders for coming second to the Boers.
Really, the only mistake Vietnam made was sending so much of their army into the meatgrinder against Sibir, sacrificing so much for so little. The Boer war machine, predicted to take little more than the Arabian peninsula, just wouldn’t stop until the Brazilians stepped in. By then it was clear Vietnam’s best days were behind them, but wow were they good days.