Everybody (Mayaland, Songhai, Arabia, Ottomans, Swedens) except Russia hates Japan, which is of truly puny size, but Russia is actually the only one who really matters, mostly because the only civilization who might have been able to stop it from blobbing is Arabia, which just ceded 3/4ths of its territory to Russia. It should also be noted that the Arabian territory was much greater than Russia's, so Russia's size more than tripled practically overnight. The current situation is, that Russia holds 2/5ths of the only continent. Also, Russia has crazy money and technology. Also, everybody keeps denouncing Russia, even though Russia has access to a military might many magnitudes greater than every other civilization combined. Also, they are basically one or two techs away from researching how to make nukes. Also, some civs still cart around in mothertrucking trebuchets.
All in all, if I lived in the Russian Empire, things would be pretty sweet.
If I lived anywhere else, I may just end up forcibly conscripted into a medieval army and be sent away to be blown to pieces by bombs dropped by planes.
Darn, I really should crank up the difficulty stage.