The judges were convinced by the flawless execution of a funny and unique idea and the heap of dead bodies is *truly aesthetic*. The image shows a (somewhat) realistic game scenario (for some players) and makes it look like a baroque paining. The snow was a nice touch and the image got 8.2 points from the judges.
Showing a more peaceful scenery, the two merchants meet in a snowy canyon between bonfires, showing that not only war, but also trade and displomacy can build empires. This earned the image the 7.7 points it needed to win over the runner up, @Mighty Myrmidon 's Papal Commendation. The only concern I personally had with the image is that it misses the fact that selling is obviously better than trading (Kappa)
I would like to ask the Winners to pm me so I can gift them a sub to a twitch channel of their choice. @Hunyadi_ can choose the picture he likes most to award his prize. Thank You everyone for participating.
The spreadsheet with all judges' points can be provided upon request.