FE does not equal Civ.
FE is a bit closer to Civ than WoM is ... but that's like saying Saturn is closer to Pluto than Jupiter is.
Civ is all Macro and abstractions ... the terrain is the most important thing.
In FE the terrain is less important for the economy(terrain only affects the initial food and production, it does not affect the late game all that much)
with individual unit designs and tactical battles ... FE is more about the Micro.