Msurdej: And so it ends.
The Boers were largely thought to be one of the strongest civs as the game started, and by Part 20, it was understood why. The Boers had rapidly expanded, constructed a good core, and above all, created a massive and most technologically advanced armies of its day. Heck, by part 40, the Boers caused Tpangolin to add in Future Worlds, in order to prevent the game from spiraling into XCOM Spam. And yet, by Part 55, that extra Tree was completed, along with Wonders like Skynet, Virtual Idol, Angelnet, and the Pholus Mutagen. By Part 83's end, the Boers had finished fighting off the Great OCP, an alliance of most of the world's strongest civs, and had come out even stronger, with their ancient rival Ethiopia eliminated.
And then, the sub went dark.
Once the lights came back on, everything seemed normal. Sure the Pholus Mutagen was gone, but with the death of Sparta, it seemed like the Boers were back in town. And once the Vietnam/Boer War ended, The Boers had an Empire that stretched from Agra to the Atlantic. But all the while, a green shadow grew, and in his hubris, Kruger allowed Brazil's army to grow astronomically, preventing his own army from blossoming and eventually spelling his doom. By Part 104's end, The Boers had lost Spain, India, chunks of the Middle East, and much of Northern and Western Africa. 5 Parts later, The Boers were kicked out of Africa. Now, in Part 116, they are finally kicked off the Cylinder.
How did the Boers lose? Was it the loss of Pholus Mutagen? A change in AI traits? The Brazilian unit spam? There are many theories, but the truth remains the same: Paul Kruger, once considered by many to be the favorite to win the Civ Battle Royale, has been eliminated in a respectable (if a little under expected) 9th place. F