Story: I'm playing my first games at Emperor with the usual fractal/random leader/epic combo. Rolled Charlemagne in a pretty uncomfortable position, squeezed between Hannibal and Justinian. 1010 AD, still alive and kicking, but my empire looks like this: While my neighbors look like this. This is Justi and the former american empire: Hannibal and DeGaulle to the E: Gilga and Qin to the SE: Tech board is good. I can backfill everything with a couple trades: And I managed to stay out of trouble, adopting Justi's religion on demand and then switched back to NSR. Hann is pleased from fair trade, so he can't declare war. Gilga is friendly from fav civic. DeGaulle and Qin may declare, but I hope they have better targets. Gilga, DeGaulle and Hannibal are Jewish, Justi is Buddhist and Qin is Confu: Bureau capital is doing well. I'm sending more units there to keep growing: But I really don't know where to go from this point. Only 4 cities, so can't even build Oxford/Globe. Aachen can build units at a decent rate, Prague already takes some 4 turns to build a LBow, Vienna will be decent with Moais, Nuremberg was dedicated to Great Persons so far. I have marble, so I'll get the Taj. I think I can build a decent stack of maces/trebs, adopt Judaism to be safe on the E front and take a chunk of Justinian for myself, before he starts to catch up and run away. But he's HUGE. I think my power ratio with him is 0.2. Not that I have an army at all at this point, but still. Save is attached.