This is a very typical small, Pangea, vanilla, emperor game I play. I'll get a nice edge early on it seems. I'll have a tech lead (great library, first to Lib etc) which seems to dissipate no matter what i do and then I hit around 1800 AD and it's all catchup and most of the times I lose the space race. I have more population, more land, etc, buy my GNP is way way behind the leader. I feel like I'm building a ton of cottages and my GNP still stinks. Clearly I'm missing some dynamic here. I have taken 5 screenshots at 1790 AD. In this game Alexander is ahead and I can't tell how far but probably at least three techs. Any help would be appreciated. Also, given my predicament what would you do to try and win from here? Thanks for reading.