Just graduated up to Regent, but I'm having some trouble winning. Hopefully someone can identify my strategic errors. My first game I started on random everything, and I came out as the Babs in a decent area. Within founding my first 4 cities, I came into contact with the persians. Normally, I am more of a builder. I like to space my cities out very generously, and RARELY make war. However, I figured I'll have to change some time, so I put my cities in intermediate spacing (not quite ICS, but i have a few that are 2 tiles away, most being 3-4 from the next city), and I immediately went for iron working instead of republic as I usually do. After aquiring a fair army of swords and horsemen, I attacking the persians to the south of me. I took most of their cities, and sued for peace a bunch of times, taking 4-5 techs and gold, and then attacking the next turn. I realized it would hurt my rep, but I really didnt care at this point since it was obvious I was WAY behind in the tech game. It turns out the map was 1 LAAAAARGE continent, which me, aztecs, persians, and the americans were on, and 2 other islands where the iroquois and english were, and where the aztec captial was. I finished off the persians and took all their techs, putting me in a large tech lead which I held the whole game, having tank tech far before anyone else, and having my size 25+ cities building crazy wonders. After refining I realized I had no oil (a first, since I had every other resource in my territory, including aluminum and uranium later in the game), so I build up a good army of infantry and tanks and stormed an aztec city directly to my south, taking the very oil supply I had traded them for to make the tank army that took it (oh the irony!). Many long and bloody turns later I had take out the aztec presence on the main continent, and had made a good peace with the americans who inhabited the other part (but were getting their butts kicked by aztec, iroquois, and english attacks). Thus began my next war against the iroqois and english island (pretty small actually, but very well defended). Long story short, even with tons of Modern Armor, my landings failed, and UN was build before I could finish them off, with Hiawatha being elected. I attacked their island MANY times, but every time I couldnt sustain the attack and keep armor pouring in because all my cities would go into irreversible disorder. Even with govs moderating the happiness and my lux meter jacked, I couldnt wage war for more than 5 turns, if that. I even waited a good 40 turns before going into battle again, trying to erase any previous war weariness. What was the problem? My next attempts all failed for the same reason: no techs, and no resources. Even with CRAZY ICS spacing, great land and more cities, I still got SOUNDLY beaten in techs, missed all the wonders I was building (even after cascading), and had little to no army. My cities on the boarders even with every cultural improvement I could put into them were deposing. I tried another time trying to use the same stratagy as my first game (war and sue for techs to stay even), but the early war I waged against the zulu put me so far behind everyone else that even with my dominance in cities, I was still 10+ techs back. Couple that with the lack of coal when I reached the industrial age after pouring 2k into buying techs, I was still losing ground due to a strong Indian culture right next to me. Help me! Its hard for me to describe exactly what went wrong, and even harder for you all to indentify it, but hopefully I have made some sense, or enough that you can point me in the direction of some good information. Anyone have any new-to-regent tips?