Agree about normal mot being to hard to beat. Have you read the manual. The Ai gets economic bonuses after normal. This was also that way in two. My guess is that you don't call this a handicap I call this cheating. I would rather make the harder levels harder not cheating. My guess you haven't read the manual, or we wouldn't be having this conversation.
I didn't know what you were referring to until I saw this.
This is about Ashes of the Singularity, not Galactic Civilizations III. Please pay attention in what threads you are posting.
I find it ironic.
I have never played at RTS or TBS where the higher difficulty levels don't cheat. As you allude to I think you are having an issue over semantics. For me: The player is the baseline which never changes. Hard AI get bonuses and Easy AI get handicapped as they are intentionally made worse.
(Well that is true for RTSs and Ashes, I know in some TBS like Civ the player does get harsher penalties on higher difficulty levels, this could be a handicap if the AI doesn't get the same treatment)