Elysium SSC is ready to pop to Size=16 then beyond, and RC can grow with $164 PRB Sewer in 2 turns. Reneaux is already Size=12 and Celebrating, even without the Market. Maybe we want to switch to Sewer first, but I still think Market would be best due to food stress. PRB efficiency is generally preferable to Rush Buy, but perhaps Funxus has a point with Elysium this time. Our Queen wants to subvert Antioch and capture Marco Polo. I believe it is unsafe. We have 2 Dips there already, could use one to establish an Embassy and still have one to bribe None units, closer to a Persian city than to Bactra. Dips and Sewers are the answer, along with careful planning. Bactra has lacked discussion attention for centuries, so has been building Dips. Now we can move serfs forest to Grass & 2 ocean so Food+1, switch Van to Dip 31/30 in 1 (or Musket?), then start a Temple, then Celebrate up and build an Engineer. I assume we hope our fortified Vet Musket will absorb their Cat blasts? Please review the posts in Turn, Budget & Foreign Affairs 1570, then vote Monday, Tuesday at the latest.