I recently found an absolute gem of a map while watching Civ videos on YouTube. A map so strong you'll start to snowball right after settling. The game in question features Spain. Pangea map type, standard size, standard speed and deity difficulty. After winning a simple science victory on it I thought I'd try a cultural victory. However, because the map is rather strong I handicapped myself. The handicaps I put in place were: I can't touch any Rationalism Policies. No Research Agreements allowed. I have to choose Autocracy as my Ideology. The competition in question requires players to follow my rules above and win the fastest culture game they can. I don't mind if anyone learns the map before submitting their own results. I had prior knowledge of the map as well. If anyone wants to give the game a shot and post their results that would be great. Here are my results. Turn 0 settler location. Within the next few turns you'll have collected 1500 gold thanks to Spain's UA. Ridiculously strong! 500 gold from Sri Pada. That is where I settled Barcelona. 1000 gold from discovering The Great Barrier Reef. The gold is nice but can we just take a moment to realise how crazy it is to settle next to TGBR on turn 3/4 as Spain. Turn 28 Great Library on Deity! I was a little slow on getting Chichen Itza however(turn 83). It also required me to declare war on the AI as I saw it getting built in their capital. Forbidden Palace plays an important role in my strategy and it can't be neglected. Catholicism must be the world religion! Yet more wonders in Madrid. Turn 41 Pyramids, Turn 58 Parthenon and turn 103 Notre Dame. And no I didn't neglect ToA and The Oracle. ToA was built on turn 39 and Oracle 72/73. Being able to buy a settler as soon as Madrid reaches pop 2 gives massive advantages. Even my 4th expo cranked out Globe Theatre. I couldn't fit all AI here but at the bottom is Venice. I was influential of Venice before turn 100. I'm dominant at this point! Most of the AI followed in my footsteps. Turn 151 Radio and turn 152 Ideology pick. I opened Tradition for early culture. It ends up paying for itself, faster border expansion is nice also. Up next was Liberty opener, into Republic and then Collective Rule. I then ignore Liberty for the time being and it is a race to reach our Reformation belief in the Piety tree. Pagodas and Mosques provide killer early game culture. I was also able to befriend Prague for some extra culture too. Thanks to the Oracle I ended up getting Sacred Sites on turn 74 or so. 5 cites with both Pagodas and Mosques equates to +20 Tourism. The Parthenon comes with a free work of art for an extra +2. At this point in the game the AI had a combined tourism output of zero! Sacred Site tourism abuse doesn't really work on higher difficulties. That's why I didn't decide to spam cites. It does however provide a foundation of tourism that we need later on. Futurism can yield some very nice results if taken early enough. Cult of Personality is situational. Siam was my last victim, I asked Austria to declare war on him. 27 GPT later she did. I then declare war on her, get my money back and in return get a +50% tourism boost over him. It also stacks. Who else dislikes Siam and is willing to fight him? My beloved Theodora who I've had consistent friendship with from like turn 50. I felt bad backstabbing her but it made the win within a few turns. A little word on The World Congress. I didn't get a screenshot on my resolutions but they were, World Religion, Cultural Heritage Sites and International Games. Timing Radio with a proposal will result in a very early International Games and therefore a fast win. I didn't get the benefits of IG until around turn 200. Turn 221 is the benchmark. I had a pretty lazy game. I played it in one entire sitting and got a little restless towards the end. Made silly mistakes like I always do when victory is on the horizon. Looking forward for some pre 200 victories from some of you. Or if Acken decides to play pre 150! I'll upload the initial turn 0 save and my turn 221 victory save as a reply to the OP (I have 10 files uploaded already). You can check my save and see the deal history. No RAs were signed. If anyone wants to post their results could you provide the end save too! I believe all DLC is required to play this map. Also there may be a bug with one of the National Wonders. When I discover The Grand Mesa I receive 500 gold despite the fact one of the AI has settled next to it and therefore discovered it before me. Let me know if the same happens for you.