I agree. In fact, a nice change to the tree would be to switch Representation and Collective rule. I would then go for teh free worker follwoed by the free settler, which would be great. As is, I normally make or buy at least 1 settler before I get Collective rule because it normally works out better. I also find stealing workers and slowing an AI is better than building a wonder, though on large/huge maps an AI is not always close so then a wonder is not a bad idea.