I've upgraded to playing monarch in this game. So far I think I'm doing good. It's 890 AD. I get 202 science per turn, I have tech lead, first to get education. I'm playing as Ragnar. Right now I have a stack of trebs and berserkers (one of them attached to a GG with medic III leadership and tactics) and I need to use it. I've been the first to get civil service and I want to use my UU. My score is 708. Catherine from Russia beats me by 1 point, she has 709. Her capital is 4-5 squares south of my 2nd city. We have same religion and civics so she likes me a lot. I was thinking of backstabbing her anyways, but the thing is the 5 strongest nations all have our religion and are all friends with catherine. On the other hand there's Hayuna Capac in the east that's in a different religion and hates me, he's been at war with me forever and doesn't want peace. I'm not sure if I take Moscow and Novgorod that I will be able to keep them. So. Should I attack Catherine anyways and spoil our relationship (and get negative points with all our hindu friends) to burn down her 2 biggest cities and remove her from power tie with me, or should I first take care of the heathen Hayuna with my berserker, beeline lib and try to delay it as long as possible to try and get steel and then backstab cath ? Does she attack at friendly and or pleased ?