Sooner or later you're going to finally see what games like these are for. I'm surprised you haven't by now. But, some of you may be new to computer gaming so you wouldn't see it so early.
These games are not made to beat you they are merely made to consume your time and try to get some enjoyment out of your humdrum lives. You sit there thinking the ai is going to challenge you and beat you but it's not programmed that way. It's just programmed to get in your way and slow you down, delay you to the inevitable end...your victory however you do it. I've long stopped playing these games with basically worthless and no ai's. I've gone back to games that once did challenge you as you played (X-Com, Centurion Defender of Rome, War of the Lance, CIV II and Spartan 1.013 version, even 1830 has a very good ai) Old games with great ai's. You go play them or go back and play them and you'll see what I mean. Centurion Defender of Rome has one of the toughest ai's I've played against. On higher than Council difficulty you will be in for the time of your lives. I chance to say you will be stomped for a good long time.
Sadly the fantasy world has not seen a good ai except maybe Sword of Aragon (I had a lot of challenge with that one but still beat it first time.) Master or Magic, Age of Wonders, HOMM, Dominions, Elemental Fallen Enchantress/LH and the list goes on haven't been very good in the challenge or good ai department. Each one always does such stupid things when it could have beaten you it didn't. When it could have taken your capital it didn't. When it could have allied with itself (other ai's) and driven you off the map it didn't. Too many games are made just as they say "entertainment" but not to beat you, just to pacify you into believing they are challenging you. Not many out there that do.
This new AOW III is laughable and dumbed down already. Looks pretty though but cmon 6 races down from 12-15? what a joke. I can see DLC coming though at a rate of $2.99 per race. Make some nice profit for Triumph and co.