Let's suppose it's about 1300AD... I'm playing as Ghandi, and I have one Charlemagne city and several of Boudica's as neighbors... I already killed off Alex and got demerits from Boudica and Monty for attacking their 1000BC friend. The major players and their religions are: Charlemagne Buddhist (w/ Shrine) Boudica Buddhist Fredrick Buddhist Tokugawa Buddhist Joao Buddhist Monty Hindu (w/ Shrine) Darius Hindu Ghandi (me) Agnostic (with the Confucian & Taoist Shrines) My military is in the middle of the power graph, compared to others... I have more than Boudica, and I think I could take her out. I want to attack her, but she is Buddhist... and I definitely don't want to make the Buddhist mafia angry... I've gotten dog-piled enough in the past that I'm trying to manage diplomacy better. Charlemagne and Joao are running away from me power wise and I can't keep up. Fredrick, Toku, Monty and Darius are too far away to take out. Furthermore, even though I'm a generation ahead in tech, no one will even consider a bribe to attack someone... I've probably wasted a full 1000 years hoping I could get a Buddhist to start a war with another Buddhist civ... and I've been holding off on my missionary spam (until recently) because I'm trying hard to just keep up with the arms race... so I don't have a lot of gold for bribery... To make matters worse, I have open borders with Charlemange in hopes that he will convert some of my cities, but no luck... Is there a way to salvage this kind of situation? Unfortunately, I went ahead and converted Boudica to Confucianism, built the HE (which is why my military power went flat for a while), then attacked in 1390 before posting this... I don't have a save from before the war... The end result was finishing the war around 1700AD and I'm way behind in both military / tech... while I fough Boudica, everyone else dogpiled Monty... then Darius converted to Buddhism. They are all pleased / friendly with each other and now I look like the next target (even though I converted as well)... those other guys are well on their way to Scientific Method and I still haven't even got my first University built... I had to switch my capitol to gold / bureaucracy to keep up with all the city / war maintenance. When I started the war with Boudica, I only had five cities, so I wasn't even eligible to build the forbidden city. For sure, I'm a noob (sad considering how much I play this game... )... I would like some help with how to manage diplomacy better the next time. What do you do when you are the odd man out in religion, and you can't bribe the other civs to hate each other? And... how willing are you to open borders with a lot of civs? Perhaps that would have improved relations enough to get some Buddist civil wars... This could have been a much different game if I could have convinced one or two of the Buddhist AIs to attack each other... all they seem to do is attack Monty / Darius, which ultimately makes the Buddhist gang stronger. I'm attaching a save just after I finished the war with Boudica in case that helps... Thoughts?