You are very hard to follow. You first say you cannot pick Monumentality
because you have low Faith, then say Monumentality
prevents you to buy Missionaries. Except... if you have low Faith to begin with, then the Religious game might be out of reach already. But if you aim to have enough Faith to be relevant in the religious game, then you cannot dismiss Monumentality
because you have low Faith.
In a sense, you pick Exodus of the Evangelists
just to save your Religion, not to expand it?
Even with low to no Faith, Monumentality
is still a great dedication. Its power is not limited to a Settlers purchase on Faith scheme. It has:
- +2 Movement for Builders.
- Builders, Settlers and Traders are purchasable with Faith.
- Settlers and Builders are 30% cheaper to purchase with Gold and Faith.
I tend to buy a lot of Builders and some Settlers with Gold anyway, so Monumentality
would still be a solid pick. That dedication is already very good with no Faith, great with some Faith, and overpowered with a huge Faith output. Which is your point: Monumentality
is broken with a huge Faith output.
But let's take the other way: what should you pick when you have low Faith anyway? Except if you already plan to have many Harbor / Commercial Hubs (Free Inquiry
), or want to come back in the religious game (Exodus of the Evangelists
), then Monumentality
is still the better pick.
That is the power of Monumentality
: when everything aligns, it is broken. When nothing aligns, it is still good.
Kumasi is widely considered as one of the 10 best City-States. However, it needs you to have Trade Route from Cities with many Districts, to City-States only. It allows you to have a very good Culture from it to the point of ignoring Theater Square completely. Now that Democracy and Wisselbanken work with City-State, Kumasi might even be in the 5 best City-States.
Chinguetti is the same with Faith, instead you do not need to Trade with City-State but anyone you want, while the district count change to a Follower amount (still a Population cap in some sort). You can have both Domestic and International Trade Route and it works: it is that versatile. But you need either to found a Religion, or have a majority Religion. Like Kumasi, it allows you to have a very good Faith to the point of ignoring Holy Site completely.
Currently in my game, Chinguetti is responsible to more than 300 Faith per turn with my 20 Trade Routes (which means my Cities has an average of 15 Followers, which is probably not far from the truth).