Looking into playing byzantines but it appears like it is very difficult to take advantage of the extra religious belief. I usually play Emperor or Immortal and while I don't have trouble getting a religion if I pick a Civ that has early faith based buildings like Egypt or Mayans I can see this being quite difficult with Byzantines. It seems like you have to take Piety which is a weak SP tree to start with as well as get Stonehenge. For this reason people seem to rate them as one of the worst Civs in the game right now. I was thinking as a religious based Civ they should get some other means to get a religion more easily. What do people think of these options for improving the Byzantines. 1) The extra UA belief can be picked even if it is already chosen by another Civ. This would make Byzantium unique as the only Civ that allows you to pick any belief (that you haven't already chosen of course) even if another Civ has already taken it. If you think about it, there are many religions that share various beliefs and practices. For instance Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodoxy both have Cathedrals, and multiple religions have a tithing system. So if you are beaten to a particular belief, Byzantium gives you the chance to still take that belief which alleviates the lack of faith you get in the early game. So even if you're late to starting a religion because your adversaries all got faith wonders you know you still can get at least 1 belief that you want. So you don't have to ragequit from badluck. 2) Give Cataphracts a unique promotion that allows them to generate faith upon defeating an enemy unit. Or alternatively that could be given to them as a base promotion. Since Cataphracts are a relatively early game unit it would allow them to generate faith so you aren't so reliant on shrines and temples. 3) Receive a free great prophet at Theology or buffed shrines and temples. Thats a third option for making it easier for Byzantium to get a religion but personally I think options 1 or 2 are better seeing as they offer a more unique strategy. Also there are already Civs in the game that get better shrines/temples and free Great people i.e. Egypt and Mayans.