Can we just discuss it?
On the rest, we take the flagship mechanics of the genre and we try to innovate as we can. For example, the battles which feature units that are a priori classic take place on a parallel plane (much like Endless Legends, for those in the know). The units may be lacking abilities/special features to spice up the clashes, but intelligent use of the land can win a fight that seemed lost in advance, while the different eras will change the way of make war so dramatic and natural.
Maybe it’s Humankind’s strength, hey, this way interact many variables organically. The diplomatic system is a perfect example: your neighbors have fairly expected reactions with you according to their strong personality, but every diplomatic action Where on the map will have a quantifiable impact on your relationships and how other empires will perceive you, especially through badges that track your recent misdeeds (traitorous war, looting, etc.).
The slightest action on the ground is a motive for the other to go to war, and if the war support gauge sometimes goes up way too fast to often obscure reasons or idiots (damn this exploration unit that spends time transgressing opposing borders), there is no real casus belli to unlock to trigger a conflict, but complaints that can be transformed in requirements as a remedy, making the mustard rise little by little.
However, you will not have control over what you can demand, since these parameters are dictated by other factors (like your religion Where your cultural influence). It’s not super comfortable, but once you figure that out, the result remains coherent and logical. It becomes almost impossible to build plans from scratch according to his personal goals, but it represents well the will of your own nation at a time T.
Otherwise, you can let a noisy neighbor live and try to profit from it, rather than blaming him for the slightest misstep. Wars are never very long, but territories change hands quickly, so don’t get into conflicts where you don’t have the edge.
At last, over the course of your exploits and decisions, you can unlock different policies, orienting your ideological cursors which have an additional impact on your relations with neighbors and independent tribes (it’s complicated for a democracy to collaborate with a dictatorship). These sliders also provide various bonuses, then you will also have to think upstream to political orientations that best suit your empire.
Narrative events which the studio has the secret will facilitate this political orientation according to our choices, but we must admit that the small scenarios fall a little flat, giving the impression to be disconnected from the rest and often not very serious, unlike an Endless Space 2.