Yes that's what I meant. I did not succeed in doing that because I think the merchant has to be able to travel. If it's overseas, it likely has a "red circle" when I right click, meaning a move there is against the game's rules. Thank you. Thank you. As I mentioned before, my next game is likely to be Civ5, and even then it won't be for a while as I don't even have access to a PC. Thank you. I hit him with just 19 cavalries at first. Yes, that's a surprisingly small number, especially for an aggressive protective deity AI with that much land. However, several things were working in my favor. (1) Tokugawa was not technologically advanced, (2) Tokugawa had been stuck in wars since the BC's and as I accentuated, he was at war with many civilizations due to the AP and lost out on lucrative trade routes, and (3) I had bribing ability. A dogpile vs a civ with desireable land is usually only beneficial to the human player if he has the technology to get others out of the war. Otherwise, it is likely that the AI dogpiled will capitulate to someone else. If no one had been at war with Tokugawa at that point, I would have simply built more and more cavalry ... but at the same time, I would not have to give away techs like Rifling for "free."