The cleverest tactic I've ever seen. (self.civ)
192 ups - 28 downs = 164 votes
I'm playing as Japan and going for a domination victory.
My continent put up more of a fight than I had hoped, but I was relatively on schedule with techs. No time for a navy, so I had no idea what was going on on the other continent except from notifications of wonders being built ahead of me and capitals falling left and right, so I assume I'm in for a fight when I get there.
Build up a strong navy, scout out the other big continent and find Dido and Alex still in control of their capitals with Alex trouncing everything. I use my navy to puppet a foothold on the coast and as soon as I take out the one Dido city, her capital, that was landlocked, the superior Alex, declaration of friendship and all and who was just bro-fiving me over our joint victory against Dido, declares war. Oh, and EVERY city state (about 12 left) declare too. Within 1 turn I lost about 30 units and my entire navy (3x 3 battleship, 2 privateer groups) It's a losing war and I lose all but 3 cities tucked in the corner.
I'm able to hold them, but any move into the offensive is met with rocket artillery rape mobiles. With a 14 turn journey from my continent to the front lines I weigh my options against score and tech. Nope. Apollo program in full swing in Greece.
I rebuild my navy and use the standoff I get with them to pick away at coastal cities. Rape mobiles keep the inland locked down tight. I finally get a coastal city and 2 city states and Greece offers a giant peace agreement. I'm surprised he offered so much, but I need the 10 turns to get my units on the right side of the world.
Then comes the sneaky bit. As soon as I clicked agree to my 10 turn treaty the UN election screen pops up. 10 turns I can't attack him or city states and 10 turns to his victory.
Bonus epilogue: So, technically I lost, but I reloaded my last save before agreeing. It came to me annexing the nearest city state, pushing my last battleship, GA, destroyer (vitally important; the only unit that can win the game) and sub into a bay with his entire navy. A carrier makes it just in time with 2 A-bombs and a bomber. I sold my entire army enroute to buy an ICBM in my newly annexed city state. The carrier with the A-bomb's last move put the bombs' farthest range 1 tile away from Greece's capital. An ICBM, logistics double salvo from the battleship, 2 A-bombs and a suicide run from the bomber put the city down to a coin flip's chance of the destroyer getting through. 1 more turn would have lost me the election.
I won the redo, but holy crap balls that was clever of the AI.
TL;DR: Greece offers treaty as UN is completed and I can't attack to win before election is held.
I think it was on King difficulty. I haven't played in forever and was looking for something that wouldn't require an entire game of micro managing and would be relaxing (Spoiler: it wasn't).
I did turn a blind eye to the city states. Most of my cash went into buying a majority of my initial navy.
May have been a coincidence, but it lost me the first run-through.
Spain, Carthage, Egypt and the Celts started over there. By the time I made it to the party Greece had taken Spain, the Celts and Carthage minus the capital plus all of what used to be the Egypt now under new management. Ramessess was still alive, but banished to some 2 population 4 tile island empire and kept calling me an asshole the whole time. He hated me, but found my luxury exports worth more than the moral high ground against my genocide.
80 comments submitted at 17:36:08 on Mar 13, 2013 by FinalEnemy