That's very odd, and I have no idea which change could have caused such a bug. I hope I find a way to fix it ... Yep, if both have Archery it's going to be tough to make it to Persia in time. What if Greece starts with, say, 2 Hoplites more? Do you have pictures of your British Empire? I'd love to see that. And what do you mean by balanced epic/marathon speeds? That's definitely not intended. Can someone confirm? I haven't even touched the related code which is strange. In my games, Germany never collapsed, even when seriously overexpanding into France and Scandinavia. That's because I increased its tolerance for neighboring cultures (just like Netherlands and Portugal), which I think will be removed again next time. Making an actual Prussia spawn at Berlin is a long-term goal (which is why I've already kept the area empty), but I can only implement that once I've figured out how to make one of those unused ancient slots usable. I'm not sure what you want me to do here. Do you suggest to move the capital west and still call it Bang Makok? You might be surprised, but I actually had that idea myself Though I'm not sure about Novgorod, because it would make St. Petersburg impossible. An independent Kyiv on the other hand, would also stop Germany from expanding to Ukraine or even Chechnya, which always annoyed me.