We only get a settler every 20 turns, and grasslands only give food. I favor building on the best spot available (especially if it gives us a resource) as our first priority. Also, I would look to have each city have full use of the Fat Cross. Can we build an embassy at first contact before declaring war? What about some limited whipping? Whips that cost 2 population like Granaries, Academies, Temples, Slavery, and Forges. Theocracy might be a viable government choice (instead of Monarchy). If we beeline for Religion, it will be the fifth tech we learn. A Beeline to Monarchy would make it the seventh tech we learn.