I never ever trust an AI. I've been burned too many times. Besides, dealing with them is like dealing with a crazy person in an asylum. They don't perform actions that make sense to me. Why declare war on me when they are closer to weaker civs? How do I get to be your archenemy when i've never met you before? In my current game Hammurabia or Ham sandwich or whatever his name is has declared war on me twice, both times his stacks have been repelled. Just before the second war he tried to make some lopsided trade with me, too. (Just as his stack appeared on my border, as if I couldn't see he was going to attack). I don't car that he DoW'd on me (because so far he's sucking at war), its just that I somehow became his worst enemy by doing nothing to him. When I ask for a cease fire he says I'm insulting Babylon. I'm insulting him? Dude! You keep attacking me for no reason. I don't even have ANYTHING he needs. (besides maybe tech, but he's not getting that) In order to get to me, he has to cross through Saladin's territory. Yeah, my good pal, Sal has any option on going to war or stop trading redded out. Even though we share the same religion and I've traded with him a lot. Seems the only way to get the AI to truly be a friend is to kiss their butts. No way, man. Saladin's next on my list, just because he's a passive backstabber. That jacka** tried to get divine right before i did. I know if he had succeeded he would have changed religions and been my enemy. I'm ahead in tech now, but what will probably happen is the AIs will all trade with each other but offer me crappy trades until one of them gets ahead. *sigh*. But my plan is to not let Ham-and-Eggs goad me into a drawn out war. I'll wait until I have cavalry at least and then I'll be paying him a visit. (and as usual i don't try to capture enemy cities far away from me, i just raze 'em). I really wish there was a way to just indicate to the AI civs that you're not going to give up something for nothing though. Augustus keeps asking me for valuable advancements, but won't trade any of his own (redded out). Come on, even a very bad negotiator wouldn't go for that deal. why would i give you Theology for free when you won't even consider trading horseback riding or mathematics or something? Since that makes no sense I just consider the AI to be ********.