Righty-ho. Think this is starting to make some sense. Only 1 temple, early on, in my capital; a couple of banks whereby I was building a wonder and someone else got there first. Otherwise, enjoying greater specialization, better at city micro-management (starting to see that that's a large source of counteracting the AI advantage), feeling more comfortable with more attack-minded units - getting fewer threats from anyone. Main question here is whether I should be worried about Inca going for a cultural victory - should I be trying to hammer the domination aspect by going for America next, or trying to secure an alliance with Germany and send most of my troops by sea? Only just established an embassy with Inca. No shared continents though we have in the past. Not sure what factors matter when it comes to planting spies. Germany is the only country to have rubber so they're a candidate for invasion too. They're reasonably far behind in tech. Suppose I should probably try to secure them as an ally rather than risk fighting a war on 3 fronts though. Thoughts? Swap governments soon? What to? Domination should be my direction, right? I still can't understand why I'm not trusted anymore - if you have some sort of hire-purchase treaty with someone and then you're forced to declare war because you have a mutual protection pact does that tarnish your rep? If that's the case I'll have to give a lot greater thought to my pacts.