I'm pretty new to aiming for domination victory, so I'm trying to focus on that before go up in difficulties. Approaching this problem, I have a few "problems of habit." For example, I like peaceful play because it's more trade partners for money. Similarly, I'm afraid that if I leave a city as a puppet, it will grow itself, making it harder for me to control happiness, and will build stuff I don't want it to, costing me more money. Can anybody help me get past this hang up? How do you decide when to puppet and when to annex? No need for basics like don't annex until it's out of resistance unless you have the free Courthouse tenet. In my current game, I got a city in a peace deal pretty early. I didn't annex it until I was done with the National College. I just took over my first capital and I'm in the middle of building Ironworks, so I wouldn't annex it until after that (though IW isn't as important as NC obviously).