This question is for all you really effective religion players out there. Religion in civ has been one of my 3 biggest weaknesses, so I've been focusing on it a lot lately to learn how to play it more effectively. Well, I just decided to try something weird my most recent game, and go for a monopoly on all Religions. Even more to the point, though, all but 2 of them have been founded in the same city, and in that same city, by 850 BC. I've got the Oracle and Stonehenge, and playing Ghandi, so I should be pumping out Great Priests right and left pretty soon. I'm not sure how I did it, actually, but about the time I started building the Oracle, I already had Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, and my next tech choice while building the Oracle included either Confucianism at 30-something turns, or Christianity at 50-something turns. So I started researching Confucianism, score Christianity with the Oracle free tech, and now I'm staring down the barrel of either a 48-turn Taoism, or an even longer stretch to Islam. Now, here's the first question... How do I grab the last two religions without completely gimping the rest of my game this round? Philosophy -> Liberalism -+-> Gunpowder freebie, then pwn the neighbors? My current situation is: Shuffle Map, Standard size, Monarch difficulty. I have one city to my name with 4 religions founded in it, Ghandi, Stonehenge, and the Oracle, so GPs won't be a problem to churn out. The city should end up VERY happy, but only has one resource (silver), and to keep the population growing, I've had to turn every riverside tile into a farm (that and it was the only improvement tech I had since I was going for religions). Next question... How do I best capitalize on a religious monopoly with Ghandi? The obvious choice to me would normally be "Free Religion", but then I'd miss out on the bonus GP points I could get with Pacifism. And yet, if I REALLY wanted to completely control the religious world, it seems that Theocracy would be the best bet. This might also tie well into my "Taoism, Liberalism-> Gunpowder = pwnage" idea, as I'd be pumping out very experienced gunpowder units, and my Spiritual trait would allow me the quick switch over to like Police State and Vassalage for war times. Or is there some even better way to utilize my impending religious monopoly?