My only concern is that pillaging becomes less effective when it is a large pangea world. I would prefer to take out all of spain and hopefuly keep most of it. When we pillage we hurt 1 civ, but keeping cities increases our power vs all the civs. It is a balance of course It might even give us a short line of attack - I suspect there are no civs east of Spain. This is my primary reason - I feel we are likely to shorten our front by having more towns (coast will be longer though). The Jav army might be able to pillage after that - its attack 2 makes it only good vs the spearmen that spain currently has (in terms of attacking).