I'm wondering about the Independent Peoples civic, too. One side is assimilation and the other is military recruitment, or something like that. If you go into the window for an independent people, then it'll say that you need a civic to assimilate them. So, I've always chosen assimilation. But do you really need it? Because the civic itself doesn't say anything about that. It's just a discount, according to the civic. On the other hand, I've never been able to recruit an army from an independent people. They always just say that units can't be recruited because they're defensive units. Well, OK, but what does that mean? How do I know which ones can be recruited? Is it because I didn't pick that civic? Basically, the civics system is a mess and the in-game information needs some big updates. Otherwise, I'm just very confused.