I drew Justinian from the random leader generator and figured I'd give it a go. I just finished a game with Queen Vic so I was getting used to leveraging Imperialistic (I still think it's a weak trait, but that's a whole different subject,) and I love the freedom spiritual gives you. I started out (prince/standard size fractal map/marathon) on a continent with Monty, Catherine, and Gilgamesh and immediately axe rushed Moscow then Tenochtitlan and eliminated Monty and Catherine. Monty had then Hindu and Jew holy cities which I cottaged up and focused on rebuilding my empire with Gilgamesh in my sights the whole time. I got guilds and put my bureaucratic capital to work spamming Cataphracts while the my other production cities built catapults. Man. These guys are unbelievable. They mowed through everything Gil had to offer, spears, elephants, it didn't matter. by the time I had the continent to myself i had a pretty big stack of combat II/shock/formation Cataphracts. I went back to building infrastructure and met the other continent: Kublai, Fred, and Mehmed and set my sights on Mehmed being the weakest of the three. I got some galleons some rifles and some cannons and brought my Cataphracts along for the ride and they're hunting down grenadiers and cossacks! [edit: oops. i mean curiassers] Unbelievable! They've been waiting patiently for 500 years and are still quite useful. As a side note, I really like Justy's UB as well and kind of wished I could figure out how to run a SE so that upping the culture slider wouldn't kill my research, but it sure helps with WW.