I saw that too, and I've yet to see the AI do anything like that either.
The AI isn't passive when it comes to a large war with a Major Regime: that's where the game starts getting more difficult in my opinion. In my first game I finished, I won purely through virtue of grabbing enough land quickly to trigger the win condition: I tried carrying on to fight out a huge war I'd started and the AI (on Regular) gave me a very hard time and had a counter for everything I tried.
Very encouraging, although I'd perhaps like to see the Raider factions a little stronger.
Interesting. Thanks for that. We're you playing on "Normal" difficulty ?
Regular is Normal. And it's tough. I'm no strategy game slouch, although I'm somewhat less experienced with these Matrix-style war-games despite efforts to the contrary, and I'm still learning the ropes.
Also, the Minor Regimes are giving me a hard time in another game I'm playing, same difficulty level. They're no walkover by any means, but some are more difficult to overcome than others.