I recently decided to try a Standard sized map just because I never go that large and it seemed like a good idea at the time. I am playing Pan/60% water/5 bil years. I chose the Hittites - also largely because I never do and - because they offered commercial and expansionist on a large land mass. Well it is now 920 AD and I am still in despotism and I can't get out. I had the threat of Yankees and the Zulu as my nearest neighbours to start so a threat of war was always likely but then the Iro started a war and one or another of the (not Yankees or Zulu) civs have declared on me ever since. I kept my neighbours busy fighting the various enemies but I just couldn't take a chance on anarchy in the midst of one or two wars going on. Further, two lousy pikes have destroyed my fighting force of 5 vet/elite knights and 2 crusaders in a single turn. I hate those PRNG and refuse to bend the knee to them. This game is just not worth continuing and I cleaned out the saves back when... I only noticed the date when I was quitting and saw the save name. My question is just about whether or not this is usual in a larger land mass game? Also, what do you do about switching govts earlier on with danger on many sides? I swear, I was just putting the finishing touches on my cities before choosing to switch when the 2 lousy Iro rWarriors showed up and declared. I admit that I am a wussy warlord player but even for me this is going like a bat out of Gehenna on the bad scale.