Thanks for the clarification, it just shows how rarely I had used drafting. 1 pop per rifle is definitely useful at times. I would imagine a powerful combo in a tight and necessary war: 1. Run Nationhood+Theo 2. HE city build CR2 siege 3. A food rich Globe city draft 1 rifle/turn, ideally the pop grows back to 7 within 1 to 2 turns. This could allow a hammer poor empire to raise an army quickly and gain military and land advantage given a very small window of opportunity. @all, I would not call this a win yet, the Deity AIs are capable of taking off in tech after Lib/PP/Democracy given enough land, and human need to have plans to stay close late game. Things would become more clear after the next round 1500AD.