When it comes to strategic resources I sort of agree. I liked the system in V however... at least strategic resources are sparse compared to IV where unless you had a really bad start almost everyone in the entire game had every strategic resource. I hated that in IV, I hated IV, period. I also remember 'depletion' in III that was fun. You'd be marching to war, confident and then *poof* that iron mine was gone lol. It did not always happen but when it did it always seemed to be at the most inopportune time.