Are there any games that make creating maritime empires and naval combat fun?
Do any such examples exist?
Where you go through the campaign (or something of the sort, maybe even an arcade kind of level progression with each new level being very distinct from the previous), where you fight as, say, the winning side of a certain historical battle and you use the exact same number of soldiers as was really used in that battle. So too does the enemy. You obtain victory in the same way as was done in history and thus you both play a game and potentially learn something about certain military powers.
This is my motivation, to kill two birds with one stone - have fun and learn simultaneously. Preferably, this game is set in Ancient History, but really anything goes.