I open this not to mix up with short term "optimization problems" that have yes/no type solution. We rather need to create common background about game strategy. At the same time it is not that remote future: at turn 36 we will make our decision about "free tech". Now we start dot map, it is also plan for 30 - 40 turns ahead. However here I'd like to see some ideas about how game may looks. Nothing wrong with Despotic GA. We will have republic sooner. I agree, that Sword Rush will not win the game, but we may dictate our conditions to opponent at early stage and/or destroy their infra. With Galleys we may pick pest peaces of land. Our "home" is not that good to stay passively. If our neighbors strong and educated we will cooperate with them, because of that better to have expensive Tech. If they are weak and silly better to finish them asap... Hopefully Curragh will show soon what we will have if we have MMaking.