I've tested this only on Emperor and Monarch, so don't ask me about DG or Deity Are you the player who doesn't like to conquer more land after a certain point, but likes to hurt the AI nonetheless? Are you the player who loves to be ages ahead in tech, without leaving each and every AI as OCC? Do you enjoy technological and military superiority without actually growing too big that AI's no longer pose any threat? Then this is for you! Feel free to rip me and the thread apart EDIT: Please note that this strategy is by no means intended to be *the best* option, or that it is foolproof. It's purpose is to add variety and dimension to one's gameplay, and FUN.