From the back of the game box:
FROM THE "GAMES HALL OF FAME" TO YOUR COMPUTER.
May your wit be as sharp as your sword, because Avalon Hill's DIPLOMACY has captured the true spirit of the legendary board game. You'll start as one of the seven pre-WWI superpowers, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey, and Austria-Hungary. These poliical boundaries will become your prey as you negotiate your way to the top. Beg, threaten, plead and argue your way past nations where friends become pawns and enemies become allies. You'll have to be cunning, smooth, and deceitful. This is a game that can't be left to chance.