I think our population is too low and not growing fast enough. Population determines commerce and hammers. As such, our focus for tech and improvements needs to be what will enable higher populations. We also need to figure out where to place 2-3 more cities. We need calendar and currency to raise GNP. And take monarchy as offered, instead of trying to hide the alliance, with a switch to HR and build of some MPs as soon as needed to allow higher pops. If we can hold off to make a single civics switch (with OR at the same time) that is ok, but if not then get it over with. I'm not so sure we'll be able to afford a wonder at all, without more production.