Civ 5 as a simulation game about history and building empires to stand the test of time teaches us some valuable lessons neglected in most modern history books.
1. The driving force of history is the need of luxury resources: Give my gold, furs and pearls and we will be happy. This much in line with Theories of Douglas Adams theories that the development of better and more shoes is the driving force of civilization.
2. Leaders of Civilizations are immortal
3. In the beginning there were lots of different civilizations and the number got smaller throughout history.
4. People actually like losers . Well up to a point. It doesn’t matter if you lose battles or cities but never ever win and conquer other people. It will make your people at home unhappy. The biggest mistake of Rome was to win wars and successfully conquer .