He said that he only played it for an hour or so here and there. But playing until 3990 is still pretty nuts. He said he would play it for a while, beat up on the Vikings a little, then get frustrated at the stalemate and quit.
All he really needed to do was switch to a Fundamentalist government, quit trying to clean up the pollution, and go all out on the Vikings. Then the Americans would be little trouble. I'm kind of stunned that he let it go on this long, actually, still playing it with no purpose/progress.