The backstory: (Skip this part if you want) I was playing as Elizabeth, trying to beat my prior record for Great Person births, playing a specialist economy, attempting a cultural victory. Unfortunately, I didn't get a single religion. By opening my borders, I was able to coax a few AIs into spreading their religions to me. Fast forward to the late 18th century. I was getting very worried, because I didn't seem close at all to having three legendary cities. Fearing for the worst, I embarked on the long, tense path to the SS victory. Staying at 100% culture, Representation, Mercantilism, Free Speech, and producing culture in all three designated cities, I slowly researched each SS tech. Strangely enough, I even bypassed a few AIs. I signed a defensive pact with Hannibal, attempting to guarantee my survival, should Ragnar get uppity. Several decades later, I remembered that I had enabled Permanent Alliances. And Hannibal was willing! For the first time ever, I signed a Permanent Alliance with an AI (though, I had done so earlier with humans in MP games). Now feeling quite a bit more ballsy, I declared war on Gandhi and gleefully accepted his capitulation, despite the protestations of my girlfriend, who was watching me play. I should have listened to her! The Crux: All my problems started when I accepted Gandhi's capitulation! Gandhi refused to trade me any SS parts. Gandhi continued to research and build SS parts as fast as he could. He was a runaway train of research. I hate Gandhi. Gandhi built the damn United Nations. Ever wondered what happens when your vassal builds the United Nations? He votes for himself, that's what he does. He votes for himself. I hate Gandhi. My girlfriend yelled, "Nuke him! Nuke him!" But I couldn't, because he was my vassal. I had to sit there, watching him build SS piece after SS piece, voting for himself, and trying to win via two different methods. He couldn't elect himself, but it was still frustrating. I hate Gandhi. Ever wondered what happens when your vassal launches the SS? You lose. I HATE GANDHI. AND I HATE VASSALS. Next time, I'm checking "no vassal states", or I'm going to nuke Gandhi so bad, he'll be begging me to raze his cities.