The year is 3991 AD. War has ravaged the earth, as centuries of conflict have dealt Mother Nature a murderous blow. Meanwhile, the Geoffinites clan still continues their violent feud with the super-awesome Darrynaki tribe, over an argument that their ancestors started before the dark times, about how to pronounce tomatoes…
One Reddit user has been playing the classic Civilization game for over ten years now, and in that time, he’s taken his digital people to the pinnacle of technological achievement, before a disastrous chain of events locked them in a never ending war that has lasted for 1700 years now.
Only three super-power nations have survived, battling each other in the centuries long stalemate. As Lycerius explains;
Big cities are a thing of the distant past. Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it’s [sic] peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm.
Engineers (late game worker units) are always busy continuously building roads so that new armies can reach the front lines. Roads that are destroyed the very next turn when the enemy goes. So there isn’t any time to clear swamps or clean up the nuclear fallout.
So while Lycerius has been stuck with a three-way nuclear impasse, the rest of Reddit has rallied behind him, offering solutions to his predicament, which Lycerius described as;
I wanted to stay a democracy, but the Senate would always over-rule me when I wanted to declare war before the Vikings did. This would delay my attack and render my turn and often my plans useless. And of course the Vikings would then break the cease fire like clockwork the very next turn.
I was forced to do away with democracy roughly a thousand years ago because it was endangering my empire. But of course the people hate me now and every few years since then, there are massive guerrilla (late game barbarians) uprisings in the heart of my empire.
So the future of mankind will involve a super-war between techno-Vikings, Neo Redcoats and American nuclear mutants? Why isn’t this a movie already?
Last Updated: June 13, 2012