Just managed to squeak out a cultural win on Emperor, standard time, standard continents. I really don't know why, because I was #5 in techs about the entire game, and the three top civs could have completed their space ships 25-50 turns ago. Anyway, I was at war with Arabia (who was #1 in about every category, and had a score about triple my score) for nearly the entire game. I was separated from his homeland by an isthmus controlled by Geneva. Near the start of our war Arabia conquered Geneva, and a dozen turns later I liberated the CS. OK, Geneva is now my best bud -- an ally with about 250 influence points. Well, Arabia eventually builds the U.N., and we go through a series of U.N. votes over the years. I never have quite enough votes to win (7/10, 8/10, once 9/10), but Arabia never comes closer than 6/10. Then, wham! Geneva is suddenly the new ally of Arabia How did that happen?? So, OK, I cheated & reloaded a couple of turns back, and pumped 500g more into Geneva; did this twice more, and now I have over 350 influence points. Then the time came that Geneva flipped again, and I didn't have any money to back up & pay more bribe money. Geneva still voted for me in the U.N., but was no longer the handy buffer between me and Arabia, which totally sucked! How did this happen?? Perhaps another civ (like Siam, who I was also on poor terms with the entire game) bribed Geneva away from me, and then Arabia took over from Siam?? But there was no notice that "Geneva is now the ally of Siam," followed by "Geneva is now the ally of Arabia," and -- oh, by the way -- "Geneva has declared war on you!" That could have happened, I suppose, but I don't think either Siam or Arabia had enough money to overcome my 350 influence points.