I realize that city placement is largely situational, but I was wondering in general about a few things. Is it generally better to initially to keep new cities close to your capitol, or to put cities far away in order to "contain" a neighbor? On the one hand, cities close to your capitol will develop faster since they will likely have trade together and less maintenance. Plus it takes less time for the settlers to reach their destination, you can be more confident they won't be picked off by barbs, and the capitol can support it by making additional defense/workers. On the other hand, it might be better to place initial new cities such that a neighbor cannot expand in your direction, establish a border. You can always "backfill" the area you have fenced in, so to speak (as long as you say no to open borders with that neighbor). But, is having that extra land available in the future more important than having good cities now? Plus, defending those far away cities can be difficult depending on the distance. I've tried both, and I can't really decide which is better. Anyone have any pointers?