Help! How do I keep from going bankrupt when I start early wars? I understand cottage spamming (I think). I set each city to emphasize Commerce from founding/capture. When I don't keep all captured cities I end up expanding slower than the AIs that I am not at war with. Not to mention that I fall behind in techs because I can't afford to buy them as quickly as AIs. So in the extreme at some point I'm bringing Swordsmen to fight Riflemen defending...so with standard number of civs (Noble) I can wipe out 2 or maybe more other civs but then I start to have problems. I have played Augustus and beelined to Iron Working for Praetorians...great for a while. But the same problems eventually. What am I doing wrong?