In my current game (Pangaea on Emperor, Large map), Im playing as Askia. I conquered two city-states in order to gain influence over two other city-states who wanted them taken care of. My thinking was early in the game its hard to come up with the cash to gift to city-states, but you gain a boatload of influence when you eliminate a city-states rival. After conquering the 2nd city-state, I did get a message that the other city-states were getting worried, and some of the MPs started denouncing me for my warmongering behavior. After attacking Germany, the other MPs decided I was a serious threat and all but two of them declared war! Most of the city-states also declared war. Fortunately, their attacks were for the most part ineffective there were some attacks on the two city-states I conquered, but I was still able to take Berlin. I then redeployed to attack China and was able to take Beijing. Still, I was surprised by all the DoWs at once Id won a domination victory before on Prince and dont recall an MP ever declaring war on me. It took many, many turns before the other MPs were willing to come to peace. The worst part of the dogpile wasnt military, but losing the ability to trade and conduct RAs with all the MPs I was at war with. What are some ways to avoid getting dogpiled like this when youre going for a domination victory? I avoided making any Declarations of Friendship to avoid the diplomatic fallout that would occur if I went to war with my friend later. Are there ways to goad an MP into declaring war on you first? Whats the best way to go to war with one MP at a time without alienating all the other MPs?