Well i got GC yesterday and i can say so far i like it. And man they really toned down the violance. I put volatility on low and i havent had a war yet but the one i started!
Ok situation so far. It's 2023 as South Africa. I've spent the last 3 years getting myself almost self sustaining in most areas. I also have gone about getting some major tech from the russians and americans. I then turned around and sold that tech to India, Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, Japan, Australia to build up my income. All this money gave me the ability to build out my infrastructure.
Then i tried to start my standard attack africa route and that didn't work becuase the UN kicked me out and nobody would deal with me. So this time i had to behave differently. My game stats told me the only country i had BC on was north korea ( i dont know why). So i declared war on North Korea and i had a mutual defense pact with South Korea so they went to war with me. I had 2 of my beginning transports take about 15 Light Infantry upto china. I came into North Korea from the North West and was promptly beaten back. I have a 3 hex foot hold into North Korea. So i ask for peace throw a big amount of money at them and they agree. They are preoccupied with being attacked by South Korea. So after that little lesson i realize i can't fight a war across the world without some major investments.
I buy the CVN Reprisal from the US and start building that a long with 3 Lewis and Clark class transports. In a little more then 2 years i have managed to build up 4 SSN Virginias, 2 DD-1000's along with the CVN Reprisal and 7 C5's. (it sure would be nice if i could see what my allies have in reserve so i can buy units from them but its nice enough that i can sell units to anyone now). Man those C5's are awesome i've managed to air lift 150 Divisions to my base to the north west of Korea. I build 5 land fab bases there too and an airfield. This little bridgehead is going to be the undoing of north korea.