We need Republic anyway, if we want to paralize the AIs with war weariness. And I don't think we can afford researching both... In fact, the thought that we might play in anything else than Republic never occurred to me so far...! I always took it for granted that we would play the entire game in Republic. (Monarchy is just such a mediocre government. And war weariness will never be a problem for us.) I didn't pay attention: did you play the test game in Monarchy?! Ivan, you have been talking about the "sling"; I assume you meant the Republic sling as well, didn't you?