I am in the middle of one game (the leader is Hatty): I am not doing bad. I have just won Liberalism (took Nationalism) in ~800 ad. My research rate is >300 bpt. I have 8 cities, all decent ones. Capital is cottaged and two more cities also work some more cottages. I will soon start on OU in the capital. The rest of my land is mostly being irrigated right now. One of my cities is a good GPP farm with GL and NE. I am already building GT in another food heavy city (for later drafting). All in all, I am quite happy with the economical situation. The problem is hidden in my neighbours. They are Monty, Inca and Wang. Each of them has a different religion. I am at the same religion as Inca. Wang is on another continent (but reachable with sailing). He was at war with Monty for almost the whole game. He is also the worst enemy of both Monty and Inca. Monty is a little backwards. I blocked him by a hill city to only 6 cities. He started plotting (probably against me since I am his only neighbour) in ~1000 bc but then asked me for a resource of rice, I gave it to him and he attacked Wang instead of me. However, I had to build walls in the blocker city, 3 axes, 3 spears and 2 archers and this cost me a lot of time, hammers and upkeep. Now Monty is plotting again, probably against me once again (Wang is still his worst enemy but Monty was already plotting on the same turn their war ended). This is ok since I have some defensive forses in the hill city (with walls). So Monty would be an easy war target. The problem is that while I was preparing for the dow from Monty, Inca happily settled all the jungle and now he has 19 cities. He is technologicaly not very strong at this moment (lacks edu, lib and nat) but this is only a question of time (all his jungle is almost chopped down now). The question is what to do now. I am at the choice where to tech now (rifling/steel/mil. trad./astro). Tech trades are hard: Monty does not like me, Inca fears I am too advanced and Wang wants only paper which is too cheap for his techs). So I lack even compass or construction for now. I am aware that I need to prepare for a decisive war asap but this will still take some time. And I will be probably attacked by Monty. So what should I do in such situation?