So right when I got Civ V (the day it came out!) I pretty much concluded that close cities = better cities. This was based on 3 things: 1) Closer cities are easier to defend, especially early on when I'm working with a small army 2) Road/railroad maintenance is much less when your cities are closer 3) My map looks so much prettier when my cities borders are connected! But now I'm starting to question this mind set, since it seems people are favoring spread out starts. After all, early wars are much easier to defend against now, and trade routes keep you rolling in money that more than makes up for those road costs. And besides, harbors are always an option that eliminate a lot of road cost anyways. So what is you guys' technique? Do you have a minimum/maximum distance you settle from your other cities? And what will make you decide to move farther away (if anything)?