I'm playing vanilla CivIII as France on regent. To get out of my Space Race rut, I decided that I'd try for a 20k city Cultural Victory. I honestly thought I had played fairly well, as Paris is now home to two Ancient wonders (The Pyramids and Colossus), three Middle-Age wonders (Sistine Chapel, Magellan's Voyage, and Shakespeare's Theater) and two Industrial wonders (Hoover Dam and the Theory of Evolution). I had built the city's temple almost immediately, and as a result it is second only to the Pyramids in cultural value. I built every single cultural building as soon as possible. Culture was the number one priority in Paris! That said, it's currently 1810 AD in my game, and Paris has a measly 8909 culture points. I'm 20 turns away from 10k, nevermind the 20k I need to win! I figured I'd have a cultural powerhouse in my capital, but no! Hell, the Russians, who don't have a single wonder to their name show up in the cultural section of the Histograph as stronger than France! What gives here? I'm obviously not going to win this game, but I'm at a loss understanding why. What did I do wrong? What aren't I taking into account? Are there other factors that play into culture besides culture generating buildings? If so, what? Population? Happiness? Oh, and while I'm at it, can anyone provide a definition of exactly what the numbers mean on the Culture screen (F5)? For example my improvements are given a Cultural Rating of 20 and my wonders have a rating of 36, giving Paris a Cultural Rating of 56. This is the paltry number of points that the city earns towards its score per turn. But how are these numbers arrived at? How do the various cultural values relating to the buildings and wonders on the right hand side of the Culture screen translate into the culture ratings per turn of the city in question? Thanks in advance!