Is there a specific ideology you guys prefer? I know it depends on what victory type you pursue, but I have found that adopting Freedom typically helps me with whatever I'm trying to do. Order is pretty cool too - I like that one that they have that allows you to build factories in half the usual time, and gain science from your factories. But I find that Freedom can actually help me conquer people better than autocracy does. Volunteer Army (6 free Foreign Legions) , and then upgrading those all into regular Infantry, can instantly make you a force to be reckoned with. I also like a lot of the GP bonuses with Freedom, and the policy that gives you 4 influence per turn with cities you have a trade route with (Treaty of Organization) is OP as .