Here's the situation I have in my current game of Civilization IV. This game is on a continents (I think...) map, with perm alliances and complete kills on. The map size is Large, but I added in extra AI to make it more cramped and for more diplomacy and whatnot. The game difficulty is Prince, my first one. I chose Washington and my tactic early on was to expand as much as possible. This part worked out pretty well, and I controlled A LOT of territory early. The one thing I had forgotten was city maintenance cost...yeah So anyway around the medieval ages I was piss poor, and was slowly falling down the rankings (was 2nd under Mayan for the start). Anyway, I eventually just spammed workers and eventually I have managed to bring the economy back into a strong positoin (~100+ gold per turn now). I think I am slightly behind in technology, but believe I might be catching up quick. Politcal Situation is that I have Egypt to the South, Portugal to the West and China/Carthage to the North. Everyone else on the continent is Jewish apart from Portugal and Mayan who are Buddhist. My relations with everyone are good (Egyptians love me), except for the Buddhists. I am thinking about spamming units and just taking Portugal, but I am wary of Mayan who have a sizeable lead in score. Also, Portugal has more tech than me at the moment... Culturally, I am struggling to stop Egypt from pushing back my border, while in the North I am pushing back Chinese borders. To the west, it is pretty even between my culture and portugese. Any Suggestions?