Well I very very rarely get cross, since I avoid the OT forum. Anyway no spears at say Warlord/Regent/Monarch is not the same as no pikes. A few pikes in a conflict town is often wise. Now in the AA you do not have pikes, you have spears. They are worthless on attack and not much good on defense. Swords have as much defense and can attack. True spears are cheaper. I would relent on the no spears, if you were under siege, but why would you be at those levels? In your example, what would you like to have done? Would you like to have brought along 5 spears? Would you like to give up 5 Gallics for them? I did not think so. Your other choice is to wait for the 5 spears and them face even more units. First I have not seen 9 spears in a town on these levels. That is because I would not let them get that strong. By the time they had 9 spears for a single border town, I would probably have knights. To stick with the parameters, in the scores of games I have seen, I would not expect them to even attack a stack of 15 gallic swords, unless they were redlined. I am presuming that you got attacked, because the AI had some crazy number of 3man units. I mean until you get to deity or sid the AI should not be out producing you by much. Surely not at Monarch. I would expect the top civ to not even have 20 troops at those levels in the AA. Looking at demigod in the early middle ages, you tend to find 2-3 in most towns and 4 in a few top towns. Yes they sometimes have 6, but then some place with have 1. If they have 10 towns, we are talking about 20 something. Now AA for lower levels should not being doing better than that. So what happen to those 15 gallic swords?