I thought my current game would be my first ever sucessful experiment on Prince. My first city ended up on a river, on the coast, with stone and copper both within the fat X. I build the pyramids and had five or so cities before I cranked up a war machine. Looking at the foreign advisor, everyone was "pleased" with each other and either pleased or cautious with me. The exception was Manu Masa, who had everyone either cautious or annoyed with him. So, I chose to pick on him, because he was weaker than I, and had some nice luxury resources. However, when my forces were being shipped over in galleys, Montezuma declared on me. I looked at our relations, and the only negative modifier was "-3 This war sours our relationship". DUH! Positives were there for open borders, good trade, and that I'd given him resources and techs. I held him off (he was using horse archers and I had plenty of spears), but eventually I fell. How do you deal with an agressor who is stronger than you when you first meet, therefore abolishing any hope of a preemptive strike? I've attached the first and last autosaves that I have. I think the first is from pre-war times and the last is just before I retired out of frustration (he finally began to talk with me, but no matter what I offered, would not take peace).