Is it useful to almost always head straight into Freedom upon entering the Renaissance era or are there cases to head into Rationalism before Freedom? Also, does the need to get Freedom (or perhaps Rationalism) basically make it good to place Patronage or Commerce on hold until later on after entering the Renassiance era? Freedom has the halving of specialists unhappiness (though specialists are not always needed the puppet states, if one has many, will have hordes of specialists). Unhappiness seems to be one of the greater problems that can place limitations on one's power. The Civil Society SP seems fairly useful too (if happiness can be brought under control). Another question is whether it is good to go down Constitution and Free Speech always or whether they can sometimes be ignored in favor of going Civil Society and then Rationalism. Also, would Autocracy sometimes be worth choosing even though it locks out Freedom?