I play France on Emperor difficulty, Standard speed, Standard size, Pangea Plus. It's near end of Renaissance era and I just have completed Authority and Artistry policies. My problem is that I do not have enough food in my cities. a) My capitol has 20 citizens, other cities have +- 7 less. b) My almost exclusively luxury resource is tobacco, which I work all tiles. c) I also work all Chateaus, which is about 3/4 in most cities. d) I have build all 3 guild in my Capitol and 1 guild in each of remaining cities and I work all Guild slots. I don't work any engineer slot and just a few merchant slots to reduce poverty slightly. e) In some cities I also work towns or villages. f) I work all scientist slots in all my cities and plant all Academies in my capitol, with priority on bonus resources and I work it all (I used to do that in Civ BNW, is that good in Vox Populi?). g) Therefore I don't work almost any farms (despite some having 6f or 5f1p) or mines, because of lack of free citizens. I have 3 food trade routes to my capitol. What would you say I do wrong? 1) Should I prioritize scientists and academies as much? I have same tech level as AIs and I'm worried that I'll be behind AI in tech if I focus less on science. I have 8 cities and AIs have similar count. In Civ BNW I planted all academies in my capitol to have biggest boost to science. Maybe in Vox Populi I should distribute it more to other cities? 2) Maybe I shouldn't work tobacco instead of farms? It gives me 2 food, 7 gold and 2 faith, but I guess gold is not as import as food or production and faith is not that useful to me, because I hadn't found a religion (The one I got from Inca doesn't boost food and I can't remember what it gives me besides purchasing cultural buildings with faith). Is 1 food/production worth like 3 gold? I have about +100 GPT and no units to upgrade yet. 3) Chateaus in my opinion are good tiles to work, because they give food, production, gold and culture. 4) It's no-brainer for me to work all guild slots, but should I build all 3 in my capitol, because of France UA? I don't want to waste any GW, GA or GM points when I wouldn't be able to capture more cities. 5) Should I work all high yield farm tiles (6f or 5f1p) to keep my cities grow instead of early specialists? 6) I think I should keep working on some town/villages and merchants slots to reduce unhappiness from poverty slightly, because I have about -5 happiness in my empire doing that. 7) Should I free some tiles to work on mines and engineer slots? I have low production, my aggressive neighbor Inca has about 3 times more. 8) My plan for the game is Cultural Victory. I have generate 60 tourism, second best is Arabia, which has 57 tourism and he also finished Artistry, so he can catch up if I won't trigger my UA. He is on the other side of continent, so I can't really do anything to him. Other civs generate like 15 less tourism. 9) Inca is my only bordering enemy (the other civ that I border is my vassal Austria). He has the highest score, the biggest army and the most production (as I mentioned it's 3 time more production than I have). I can defend against him, thanks to my 2 citadels on border with him and highly promoted units, but my army is crushed when I enter his territory, so I cannot capture more cities to trigger my UA. He is allied with almost all city states and he completed Authority and Fealthy. I hope that planes in modern era with my UA, that I deal 10% more damage on each subsequent attack on same unit or a city, will be powerful, but I almost didn't play modern era in Vox Populi, because I were winning before that on King difficulty. Is it really as powerful as I expect? The problem might be with unit supply cap, because I already have only 4 free space for more units and I need to make more ships to defends against his naval army. 10) My plan for future policies are Imperialism and Autocracy to boost my wars. I'm at war almost all time, so I farm science and culture. 11) I don't focus city states at all, I have just 1 cultural ally thanks to my Great Diplomat, but I think I cannot afford to focus on it more. I can provide a save file and some screenshots later.