So after beating Monarch by cultral victory(non-5cc), I decided to try the 5CC on emperor, and its insanely hard. The middle ages kill me everytime, I fall so behind in tech(like 3 or 4) and I can't trade cause everyone else has the same thing. Persueing war isn't even an option as everyone else is much more powerful than me. GL has expired due to education and it just doesn't seem to work. All my cities are size 12 at the moment with libraries and Universities but I still can't win. Playing on huge map by the ways.