I'm in a game with a very aggressive and about-to-runaway Denmark right now and I am looking for ways to weaken him; this is not about asking for advice, though, but rather about the diplomatic WC Sanction option. With the changes to trade routes from some months ago (or longer, I haven't been active for a while) one can get copious amounts of culture by establishing trade routes to civs that are culture whores (like a war and pillage frenzied Denmark). These TR usually don't give much to the target if they are strong in the game (top or doing really well on science, have lots of luxuries and lotta culture) but can give pretty crazy yields to civs that establish the TR even if those civs (me) are not that far behind in the big picture. Thus, once the Sanction WC proposal is enacted, all other civs will have to take the hit of not being able to leech massive amounts of yields from the runaway any more, while the runaway will lose only relatively little gold (and have the warmonger thing going against him) since he can simply keep trading with city states. So the question is this: does the Sanction WC option really fulfill its goal of punishing the target when it comes to powerful civs that excel in culture (or science)? Or does it punish the others more? I haven't thought much about ways to fix this yet, but one idea could be to either prevent trading with city states for the sanction target or at least reduce yields or something like that but lets first gather opinions, I guess.