Well, I just played a random game with the same settings dave used in this game. Not even close, in fact it got so bad I had to surrender. By only turn 22, I was history. The regime who started on the same continent as me pretty much overran me. I lost my first few divisions quickly and then they kept coming until my capital was completely surrounded. I fought as best I could for being pinned down. Then, when I seen a fleet of 10 cruiser IIIs (from a different regime too!) off the coast adjacent to my main capital, that did it. This is what made me say, time to surrender. All I had was one or two destroyers so forget that. I don't even think Vic could have fought off this offensive I was dealing with. Really it was near impossible. Now I am new to this game, but I did actually know enough of what I was doing thats for sure. Whats funny is I thought I was doing good at first, went out and quickly took a town and city. Immediately after is when I discovered the first couple of enemy units. Then 15 turns later, game over for me. Not sure what I could have done different, guess not play with all AI+, maybe just plain AI which I will try in my next game. I did say I was going to play AI with no bonuses in the post above but during setup I changed my mind, thought I could do good... but no way, maybe next time.