I'm currently playing a huge pangea map with 12 other civ's on noble (marathon speed). I am Japan, I have Catherine to the west, FDR to the southwest, Monty to the direct south. Ghengis, Napolean, Isabella, Alexander, and someone I have yet to meet (it's around 0 AD at this point) are all seperated from me a bit. Napoleon is second to me in score. My general strat is to chop rush a settler, then chop rush stonehenge, get a third city out and get horseback/ironworking. I usually take a 4th city from the barbs (they put one in a nice spot for me this time ). I then researched Code of Laws, mainly for courthhouses so I can get my economy in order, but I was first to get it so I founded Confucianism. I promptly spread it to my most powerful ally (Monty, which makes me nervous) who converted (it has spread like mad since then as well, trying to take it to Catherine currently). I know the religion is going to cause me problems with Isabelle and others but I don't really care... I just wiped out Asok (who was to the east), and now I have this vast territory (looks like Russia) to spread out on. I gained a few cities in my conquest (7 total now), need to plant 2-3 more to ensure I don't get any "friends" plotting cities behind me. I have the millitary tech edge, but my excess army is thin due to the war, defending new cities, keeping an eye on the unclaimed territory etc. I think I am barely keeping up in tech, its going a lot slower than usual (though I did just get alphabet which led to me getting monarchy and mathematics in a single turn through trading). The economy is (slowly) turning around, and if experience is any guide, within 20 turns I will be a production/research powerhouse (already #1 in population, GDP, and production). I want to go for a domination win (or conquest, but that seems impossible on this map), and my plan is to go for Bureacracy (samuri!) and whichever gives police state (facism?). The question is, how long CAN I wait before my next conquest if I want to win a domination victory?