until 1760BC Spoiler : techpath was obvious really: mining-BW (bronze in capital, no need for archery)-mysticism-meditation-priesthood(zigurats + oracle)-writing (unlocks COL) beelined to the southern city for blockage. a barbarian city has sprung up as well, so this land should be easy to settle without AI interference. i am one turn away from writing, one turn from the oracle. completion will enable COL or monarchy (or math or alpha) to be popped. usually i would take COL but with courthouses already enabled with priesthood, i might choose monarchy instead for quick happiness and a strong CE in the jungle.