You would think 42 AI civilizations fighting for world domination would be hard to ignore, and yet it's been going on for almost a week and I'm only just now posting about it. Fortunately for all humankind, those AI nations are trapped inside the game Civilization V.
The game is brought to us courtesy of Reddit's r/Civ community—specifically the user "TPangolin", who has organised what they're calling the Battle Royale. An excerpt:
"Speaking of failed states, the Polish war machine looks to be more than happy to grind what is left of the Nazis into the ground whenever possible. Hence why they've focused such a large force to force Neuss into an Anschluss with the greater Polish Empire."
The battle is being catalogued via photo diary. Currently there are five parts, taking us through to turn 142. You can find the first part here (opens in new tab), and follow the rest over at the Battle Royale's official event thread (opens in new tab). Alternatively, you can follow along via TPangolin's Twitch channel (opens in new tab). If you'd like to see the list of mods being used, you'll find a Steam Workshop collection right here (opens in new tab).