3. Catherine/France  5. Cleopatra/Egypt  8. Eleanor/France  10. Dido/Phoenicia  13. Gilgamesh/Sumeria  14. Gitarja/Indonesia  15. Gorgo/Greece  17. Hojo Tokimune/Japan  20. John Curtain/Australia  21. Kristina/Sweden  22. Kupe/Maori  (25+1) Early game advantages, decent culture income and early exploration does help to some extent. 24. Mansa Musa/Mali  25. Matthias Corvinus/Hungary  30. Pericles/Greece  31. Peter/Russia  15+1 Just because you found a religion, does not mean you have to go for a religious victory. You don't have to force your religion on everyone (only religion founders get mad anyways), and you can even gain favor by promising to stop (and then doing it again after you've kept your promise). Religion has other benefits like culture and faith, as well as defense. I can spread Defender of the Faith to my CS's and allies to help with defense. Furthermore, Peter is one of the best generators of culture and doing so gets you better governments which is more favor and closer to Future Civic which is more favor. In addition, Russia saves much gold because they get tiles for free. You can buy favor with gold. Certainly all these bonuses are all solid and consistent, unlike other civs that have to play slots. 33. Poundmaker/Cree  34. Qin Shi Huang/China  35. Robert the Bruce/Scotland  36. Saladin/Arabia  37. Seondeok/Korea  40. Tamar/Georgia  41. Teddy Roosevelt/America  43. Trajan/Rome  45. Wilfrid Laurier/Canada  = 18-3 The only real source of favor is RNG based, and outside of Military Emergencies takes a bunch of turns. It's not like they get actual bonus to winning emergencies either. England or Germany would have had better production to win aid emergencies, for example. A civ with a military bonus could actually liberate cies more effectively in Military Emergencies.