I wanted to get people's opinions on what to do with conquered cities. The happiness changes mean that one can potentially puppet or annex endlessly and often stay in positive happiness but I'm wondering what people's general guidelines are. From what I understand, the main difference between an annex and a puppet is that puppets do not increase policy acquisition cost (is it 15% per city when playing standard/standard?). Aside from the fact that you can't control puppet development, of course. Both puppets and annexed cities DO increase technology acquisition cost though, correct (and is it +5% per city on standard/standard)? With those facts in mind, when should a person puppet vs annex? Also, I believe the penalties to technology and policy from cities controlled is based off of the largest number of cities you've ever controlled at one time. Meaning, if you annex a city in order to raze it, you should likely wait until it has burned down before capturing another to avoid artificially raising your "total cities ever controlled" counter more than necessary. Is that true? Following that line of thought- could a warmonger who captures half the world but then has those cities taken back end up with a tiny empire with hugely inflated tech and policy costs?