I know how all civics are very useful, but I am somewhat suprised that Creative is commonly ranked as the least useful out of all the civics. I personally adore the trait, and find I have much more success with it. Here are my reasons. 1. Theatre is an EXCELLENT cheap building to slavery rush if you have an angry staving city after capture, and it produces lots and lots of culture. 2. Your cities can use their full city radius within 2-15 turns depending on gamespeed and religion. 3. You can landgrab very effectively. 4. Cultural defense bonus means that the trait pretty much guaruntees +20% defense for all cities. 5. Borders expand quicker overall, meaning more territory is yours. 6. You will rarely lost a recently captured city due to re-assimilation. Somehow, I fail to see how a trait such as expansionist, spiritual, or organized (iffy on the third one) can be better than creative? So you tell me.