I curious if people have been successfully playing CiV without warmongering, or falling back on war to control a runaway civ, or exploiting city states. Since the AI is fairly easy to beat tactically, I've been trying to play culture or science games and do it without initiating war or leveraging city states excessively (only using one or two and not following an ICS and bribing every other city state. Instead of playing on deity and winning, at the moment, on Prince going for culture victory with France, I am in 2nd place in the 1500s. Augustus is about 20% larger than me and absorbed about half of each of his neighbors. He has not taken their capital though. I should admit, to tone down the warmonger AI, I disabled the domination victory condition. Play huge map, max AI & city states. Sadly, I'm only 1/3rd of the way through renaissance era and and Augustus is already in the Industrial era and I note has several rifleman units already. I admit I've been relatively inefficient, since I've been focusing on Culture, I apparently have been teching slow, chalk that up to too much wonder building for the culture and setting cities to production focus. Anyway, many mistakes at this low level game, in part because on the tone done, I've gone wonder mad trying to crank up the culture. So, I'd like to hear the stories, strategies people have used on the vanilla game, or if you're using a different mod that too just call it out, of how you've done the culture, or science victories without using preemptive war to neuter the AI or ICSing and then gold bribing city states into carrying your civilization?