So, I have never played a Civ game before... obviously you start the beginning of the game with the civilization of your choice, and try to become the top civilization. However, seeing as how some civilizations that are playable are relatively new (e.g. America) how does that work? So if you start as America, you start in 4000BC. Do you start in Europe and migrate to North America? Do you start in North America.
I'm just trying to understand how it works playing as civilizations that don't come into being until later on.
So if you start as Japan for example, are you competing against America, the Incas, India, etc. even though they technically haven't come into being at a specific time?