This is a quick poll. Here is the proposal: Sign a RoP with the Iroquois to cement their 'friendship' and get their troops across our territory faster. Sign a RoP and alliance vs. the Persians with the Chinese. This will cost 17gpt and our world map. The Chinese are likely itching to attack someone, and this will make sure it is not us. They are going to move troops into our territory whether they have a RoP or not, and if they have one, the troops will remain in our territory for a shorter period of time, and they will be far less likely to declare war. Just to be safe, put two or three knights on mobile garrison duty to follow any significant stack of chinese units as they move close to cities on their way to Persia. Move troops into position to take out the Aztecs. Declare war as soon as they are ready. Remain at war with the Japanese, as it keeps the Russians and Indians in an alliance with us. Begin preparations for a war on the eastern front against the Americans. The relevant discussion thread is here.