There are 2 areas visible on the map that haven't been claimed by anyone yet, even though they are nice areas capable of supporting good cities. Area empty-land is located east of the Persians and contains two beautiful peninsulas filled with shielded grassland, ideal for high trade, high population city sites. The rest of this area is somewhat less fertile yet has some nice specials that will generate enough food and shields to support cities worthy of being part of the great NUF empire! Just take a look at this beauty! Area empty-islands is located to the west of our main continent and south of India. The Indians have already showed some interest in one of these three islands. All these islands can support at least one city with a special in its radius, with the trade generated by the surrounding ocean these cities are potentially great money makers! All we have to do is claim these island to be ours and put cities on them! Look, look these islands are great: great trade opportunities and strategic places: we can keep an eye on the Indians, Russians and Greeks from there! The reason why I show you these sites is the following: It's obvious we need to settle these sites before the AI does, however settling these amounts of land requires lots of engineers. There are (in my eyes) two ways of settling these lands. Plan A: Settle these lands with a few big cities (city radius not overlapping). This will require not too many engineers while at the same time we claim the land and other civs can't settle there and thereby we prevent their expansion. Plan B: Settle more compact (more cities with overlap in city radius). This will require more engineers but will give us more security too, as forces can travel from one city to another faster as the distances between them are shorter. As you can see there are advantages and disadvantages to both plans. I would like to know what your opinion is citizens of the mighthy NUF empire! Please vote: Plan A - Big cities Plan B - Tightly packed cities Plan C - Your own plan which is of course much better than mine! After the results of this poll I will make new city-plans for these plans (next weekend).