ohioastronomy: I don't defend everything reflexively. If you read my posts before, I readily conceded that the Civ V AI was pretty bad. I only qualified that no Civ AI was significantly better. The game has crashes and some things I don't agree with, but I don't presume to know the game enough at this point to say whether or not the Culture Algorithm is strategically valid or not. I pointed you to Washington because it's plausible that his ability was balanced against this algorithm. If you want the game to claim tiles it doesn't favor, then use Washington or Monarchy. As long as you don't put too much value on Policies, you can simply forgo Monuments and Temples, save up the gold, and buy every tile. The algorithm itself is fairly predictable, so you can pre-plan what to buy and what you leave to culture. If you can simply buy tiles with Culture, then why buy with Gold? This would relegate such buys to territorial disputes, which isn't even all that advisable to do, since it pisses off the AI something fierce.