Due to me clobbering the runaway china going for space victory and went in and took her capital then proceeded to win the diplomatic victory with 46 votes on king. I moved on and switched it up to Emperor. Holy hell, tech progression is so freaking fast. Me and Enrico promise each other that we swear to not spy on each other anymore and we spy on each other and get caught anyways and keep on spying. We trade gpt. Then Assyria goes and drops a town of Nimrud next to my capital. I E-raged and Cranked out six swordmen plus a general grab from honor. Nimrud tastes what defeat is like. One turn later, Netherlands drop a city next to my capital as well! I E-raged but decided to keep netherland for later, plans to raze it cuz its in bad spot, if it was 2 hexs to the left i would've been better but screw that. Then Assyria stubbornily settle two more cities to my north which is still in core zone of me capital. By this time I had longswordmen and trebuchets already. The cities went down in a heartbeat. I march onto Assyrian capital but I had to subdue two powerful barbarian encampments spamming lots of swordmens first before I could advance upon Assur. I advance and see Assyrian army composing of Crossbowmen/spearmen. I O_o. I rout the army with my longswordmen/landsknechts/scoutingcompositebowmens/knights/trebuchet, that strength 45 capital couldn't save him. After taking Assur, I upgrade my longswordmen into musketmen/scouting compositebowmen got upgraded into crossbows. I raze last three assyrian cities to the ground. I has just researched Economics. And it is just about turn 240ish. I'm just one tech away from industrial era. I freaking progressed through the tech tree so fast. Tech leader 36, Me at 33 was that when the popup announcement happened. >_> I plan to raze that netherland city next to my capital to the ground as well, at this point of time, I have six cities out already plus assur. I have found my preference. King is where the civ 5 is fun for me, Emperor stops being fun for me due to too rapid tech advancement. I literally tore that tech tree up with my spies. Is that normal for emperor? Because if yes, I will stay on king with maybe occasional prince games.