You figured out the minoans all wrong, guys! They were amazingly expansionists - they may have been peacefull (sort off) but they were far from timid They founded colonies, absorbed lots of cities throught cultural and economic influence, and may have conquered a few more - eventually they exercise some kind of power over most of the cycladean islands, Greece and Asia Minor coasts. Their political system - temple/palatial states - lasted almost 1k years and their cultural influence remained a huge force in the Aegean world centuries after their political fall. Some ideas for a Minoan civ: Leaders: Minos, Radhamanthys or Sarpedon (for one leader choice only, it would be Minos) City list: Knossos, Phaistos, Mallia, Kato Zakro, Gournia, Hagia Triada, Kommos, Petras, Galatas, Khania, Palaikastro, Amnissos, Mochlos, Vathypetro, Akrotiri, Kastri, Thrianda, Miletos,etc. UP: "The Thalassocracy" - some kind of boost to minoan ships or to sea commerce... UU: The Pentekonter (not that the name is historical accurate, but...) - an improved galley, with a little more power or cargo space. UB: Some kind of minor palace - a courthouse with a good financial or cultural bonuses... Maybe a bull leaping game courtyard... Maybe both UHV: that is hard... maybe something along these lines: 1 - have a colony at X different landmasses before X year; 2 -have open borders wit X civs; 3 - have X cities at the greek mainland and asia minor. OR you could go for treasury thresholds... OR it could have to do with resources (secure X, Y and Z resources...). They would go for "Organized Religion" as pref civic, and it would be cool to have a specific religion for them (IMHO)... They would have to survive 3 great challenges (one may try to tie it with some cool UHV): a massive erupton at Acrotiri, with tsunamis, loss of agricultural production, etc (it seens things didn't get that bad, but it would be cool to see it ); an invasion of myceneans short after the eruption; and a massive invasion of "sea people" by the end of the bronze age. Best regards! BTW - I'm all for the Etrurians as well!