A little warning: I will give you a big middle finger if you ask me to change to Heir, because that's exactly what i DONT want. I've been trying to win historically as France, but it's buttclenchingly difficult on every aspect. Basically, to win historically as France i must: Have Paris halfway Legendary by 1700 AD Control almost half of Europe and North America. (For reference, i got 40% of Europe by getting Italy, Germany, Poland, Austria, Serbia and Iberia while North America is essentially the Louisiana - The colony, not the state - and bits of Canada.) Build the Notre Dame, Versailles, Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty... for some reason. I know, France gifted the US the statue but really?! My problem ATM is that i managed to get the first 2 out of the way.... and now i'm screwed because America is about to spawn with 5-7 techs ahead of me, pretty much ready to build Lady Liberty and Railroad is too far for me. My tech rate is at 0, getting like 6 gold per turn and my science is 100 beakers per turn. I'm too afraid to counter this by liberating my cities because i'm already at -6 Recession, worrying that it will get worse. Evren then, i'm still sure that America will just beat me to the Statue since they spawn at 1776 and i cant liberate my conquered cities and colonies before 1800. So, i just want to know: How do i make big bucks, big science with big lands while also not being financially crippled. Any suggestions? Here is my monstrosity of a save.