Like Ra, players bid for things that have different values for each of them. On top of that, you have 3 resources to manage (farmers, pyramids, cards) that affect your game position. Looks great and plays great.
Although I have enjoyed SFB in the past, Federation Commander pretty much fixes every issue I had with it, without creating more problems. In fact, the game is deeper and more fun because of the additional impulse tactics and speedier play.
Leave it to Martin Wallace to turn area majority inside out. Players are NOT the 3 factions of the French Revolution; they can control all of them in various regions. Players seek to have the most control of the faction that ends up winning each election. Players can also win (even if behind in the VP race) through Revolution or Counter-Revolution.
The system is odd, but plays out in a very satisfying way. There's an amazing amount of play with only 3 basic unit types. Players are not throwing huge piles of units against huge piles of units (eg Risk). They are using position and maneuver to force their opponent to retreat and/or stretch their defenses too thin.
Best design I've ever seen. You are trying to get points spatially, by set collection, by collecting bonuses, and by possession of the +2 card. A little bit of press-your-luck, a little bit of bluffing, and some hand management. You don't refill your hand by drawing cards blindly from a deck; you get to draw 2 cards (usually) from a set of face-up cards...but only at the point where you decide to stop competing for the round. Withdraw early and you get your choice. Withdraw late and you get what's left. Awesome awesome game, and about as medium in weight as Euros go.
A very simple operational-level game. The Axis player must make a controlled retreat while waiting for reinforcements and better command ability. The Soviets must use shear weight of numbers to overwhelm the superior German units, and try to punch a hole through the sparse defensive lines.