Like many others on the forum, I am often successful at Immortal. I recently started some Diety games (standard size continents, normal speed) but some civ (Monte, Shaka, Gilgamesh, Mongolians, Charle) usually declares war on me in the BCs and the game is virtually lost from there. Even when I am hanging on, they often bribe another civ declare. I don't usually have this problem so often or so early on Immortal. I usually build enough units to handle barbs and defend frontier cities. Focussing too much on military loses the land claiming race. Any advice? PS The best attempt so far (playing Suleiman): 8 cities by 200BC with Great Library. Had an army large enough to capture two barb cities bordering the tundra in the south. Everyone on my content is Hindu. Gilgamesh attacks Hammu and vassalises him in 100BC. These are my two immediate neighbours. Justianian in the far north declares on me. Gilgamesh is pleased with me an gives me HR. Two turns later Justinian, realising that he cannot tak my northen most city, bribes Gilgamesh to DoW me (at pleased) and all of a sudden it is me vs the rest of the continent. No point continuing from here (unless I hope to get one of those random peace events).