I'm looking for some general strategy advice about how I can achieve my desired style of game play. I was a longtime Civ2 player from way back and due to an illness, I have a bit of time on my hands right now so I've taken up Civ3 (I have Vanilla with 1.29f patch installed). I've already played a dozen games or so and have won each type of victory condition at Regent level difficulty with various map sizes, so I'm generally familiar with most of the basic skills needed to play the game in various different ways. I've also read through most of the strategy and advice threads at this forum as well. Now my principal goal involves the fact that I really like the modern war era - it is a long time passion of mine, so I really like launching major military operations in the modern era in the game (carriers, subs, battleships, aircraft, tanks, etc.). Given that this is a game for entertainment, this is the type of game that entertains me most. On old Civ2, I used to race for Republic then Democracy (peacemongering & maximum economic growth) then go Fundie for world conquest, then switch back to Democracy for the final phase of peace, spaceship-building and maximum population growth. I would often leave one or two opponents alive, with one city each on some little island somewhere (ringed by my navy) while I grew my populations into a couple hundred million or so. That's what I used to do with Civ2. I'd like to do something similar with Civ3 (if possible). Now I know that it is generally easier to conquer my opponents with Ancient Era UU's, or knights or cavalry, but that's not my goal here. Alternatively, I could just go republican and win space-race victories even without conquering half the planet in the process. But I have a real passion for WW2 era weapons and warfare, so that's the eye-candy I want to play with in the game for large-scale warfare. But I still want to be a builder and do the space-race thing. So I'm looking for suggestions about what type (or combination) of governments players would recommend, and/or other strategic advice for this approach to the game? tl;dr version: I want maximum opportunities for modern warfare AND a space race type victory AND a high score. Any suggestions?