A Guide to Playing “Small” on Deity (feat. Piety)

Taking a quick look at the code, it appears that this 3 point bonus is multiplied by the so-called "DiploEmphasisReligion" variable, which depends on the era:

Era​
DiploEmphasisReligion​
Ancient0
Classical2
Medieval5
Renaissance5
Industrial2
Modern+0

So the AIs care about religion the most in Medieval and Renaissance eras. Diplo penalties for converting their cities also get multiplied by this emphasis value. I believe "game era" is used, same as for World Congress and UN.
 
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Taking a quick look at the code, it appears that this 3 point bonus is multiplied by the so-called "DiploEmphasisReligion" variable, which depends on the era:
Interesting. I've never looked at the code myself, only relied on other peoples' work.

If I understand you correctly, these numbers from Carl are essentially wrong, as some of the modifiers he gives are actually multiplied by a variable he doesn't discuss? Honestly, it would make more sense, as 3 points for shared religion is kind of shockingly low, and the modifier does appear in bright green.

If it's 15 instead of 3, that's not nothing. Assuming the rest of Carl's numbers are correct, that's as significant as befriending the same civs... certainly worth paying attention to. Subjectively, it's still hard for me to believe small piety is ever an optimal game plan, but I shouldn't claim it's just a misunderstanding of the game mechanics.
 
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