So recently I've decided to take off the kiddie gloves and play on Emperor (yay). The most noticeable change is of course in combat; where enemies are tougher and hit harder, not to mention I had the (dis)pleasure of spawning next to Rome just a couple tiles away. And I find holding on to my main religion is really hard with Ethiopia constantly sending missionaries. Economy wise though I've never been better, probably because I'm playing Morocco. But anyway, my question is for general tips/strategies on higher difficulties. Might wanna try playing on Immortal after I've won a few games on Emperor. I'm asking because, I randomize a leader every game so it's fun alternating play styles and also, mostly I play with intuition and rarely do the maths when playing Civ aside from the basic stuff like maintaining happiness. I often play tall, even with warlike Civs as I find it hard to control happiness with wide Empires which is why I often have way less cities than the AI who settles very aggressively. How many cities is considered the "standard" amount in a large map? In the demographics screen I'm way behind in terms of soldiers and manufactured goods most of the time. Usually I have 3-4 cities before the end of medieval era, then I wait till I get the tech for pioneers unless there's a spot with excellent tiles nearby. Also, off-topic: when playing as Russia, is it worth it to get the Tradition policy which improves border growth even when I'm not planning to complete the policy tree? And does the Rome Latifundium work correctly? When I pillage a tile with Latifundium it spawns figs on an empty adjacent tile and claims it. Is this a bug? Post is all over the place, lol. Sorry about that.