Yes, there is some need for balancing There is also a problem with Rome - they need to long to build a settler and so always fail to settle first at the location of Milano. It is always occupied by france, which becomes a european powerhouse - controling stones and marble, that way getting a lots of wonders first. I found out that there is not enough marble and stone in Europe. I will fix that. Greece made a poor start as well, but then settled balcan and black sea area. All in all Europe made quite well. First place: Me -germany, occupying middle europe, scandinavia, baltic shores ( after a war with russia, that had settled Finland ) Second was france, with half douzend wonders and technological equal to me. I dont know how they did this with only 3 Citys... but they were all huge citys indeed. I've never seen a Pop-18-City in Middle ages before.... England was fifth or so. China had some trouble with japan, india or mongols, ending as one of the smallest civs. I think they had more potential. Just bad luck.