(could say race to win whose standing orders get cheapest goods 1st).
I lol'd. More accurately, the player matters more than anything else. You can put lots of players on countries that never leave protection and they'll beat Marshal everytime, regardless of what strategy he plays, for example.
If you give a man some fire, he'll be warm for awhile. If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.