After finishing my first solo game after unboxing, I was pleasently surprised. I was impressed with how everything worked out, both in game play and theme-wise. The rules learning curve was no great hurdle for me, having corrected myself before almost making some mistakes a few times (immersing myself in more complex games like Clash of Cultures has taught me well.)
This is a great addition to my collection of political/historical themed board games. I can't wait to introduce this one to my gf (however I will have to wait awhile since I promised her I would not spend any more money on board games;; >.