You know who I'm on about, Monty, Shaka, Isabella just to name a few. I'm trying to master the finer parts of the game on Noble, but as soon as you have the audacity to found and adopt a new religion they start declaring on you for the entire duration of the game. I admit I hate the war mechanics of the game but I like building and exploring, I dont ignore my armies but they are not what I concentrate on and I really dislike being coerced into building a huge army just to stop the nutjobs declaring. The last game was nothing but that damn declare trumpet, and I physically slumped in my chair everytime I heared it, in fact it makes me want to tear the damn game from my PC and burn the CD's so I cant re-install. The game can be a lot of fun but the war mongering AI's spoil what should be a pleasant way to kill a few hours - I dont mind the odd war but the micromanagement stinks - particularly the games warning system which is totally inadequate for a wargame - this is a wargame isnt it? It sure feels like it.