@Oktan: Yes, with Elite AI it poses quite a challenge to know that you will be at war with the entire AI world regardless what you do.
Further, the game lacks tools to improve your reputation. In the old stand alone 'Making History', you could do a bunch of things to improve relations, like send gifts (goods or troops or provinces to the AI. I mentioned the old 'Making History; , bc this game and the other Bytro war games are much alike.
Yes, I agree, without additional options from the deal with AI, we only have eternal wars. This game is about conquering and fighting. fighting with AI is boring after 3 days with the desire to throw a map into the archive.
If they wanted to introduce additional elements from AI they must take into account, give players tools that will allow us to act.