I avoided combat with the Persians to to give me as much time to build up as possible. They never did attack; when I had 3 cities with max population and max tech I attacked and crushed them easily with my horde of troops and battering rams. Total slaughter.
I tried the same with qBot, barely held off their early attack. Tried again with Aegis Bot, but provoked them into attacking earlier - found they're quite nasty when they get going. They sent a sneak attack at the farms on the far side of my territory, surprisingly good stategy for AI. I'm impressed. Looks like it could easily get too difficult if it was very aggressive - but the way it is now, just set all your troops to a passive stance and you don't have to worry about defense until you're ready to go to war.
To confirm it works on other scenarios, tried it on Azure Coast 2. Works the same there. If one of your men so much as throws a spesr at a house, you get attacked - but keep them all passive and all is peace.
Edited by greenknight32, 15 September 2012 - 07:22 AM.