What Makes the AI Awesome?
The AI has a distinct advantage over you in a grand strategic sense, but when it comes to combat and tactics it plays by the same rules as you... and it's very devious.
The core conceit of the AI is that most of the time it's not aware of you. But pieces of its empire become aware of you at various times, and you have to then deal with those pieces in battles ranging from tiny skirmishes to thousands-strong epic encounters.
We've written in depth about our core approach
to emergent AI, which keeps it from becoming predictable. However, on top of that we've layered a lot of specific tactical tricks to counter a wide array of player tactics.