I'm trying to move onto Emperor. I win on King almost every time, but I can only seem to do this through warmongering so I'm sure there are holes in my game. I usually don't literally win by domination - I conquer enough cities to cripple any opposition, paving the way for science/diplomatic victories. My problem is that almost all games seem to work out this way: - settle 4-6 cities - trade excess resources - a few AIs will be friendly, ask for declaration of friendship, etc. - gradually become out-teched, out-cultured, out-faithed, out-wondered, etc. - around turn 100-150, one or more AI declares war on me. Sometimes I do have a weak army, but other times I've been #1 in soldiers and still been declared on. it seems inevitable. even friendly civs declare war on me. and if they don't declare, they denounce me. - crush the AI since they're terrible at war. they're just awful. it's literally taking candy from a baby. - repeat AI war declarations a few times. sometimes I even declare war on them since I learned it seems to be my only advantage. - leapfrog into top score due to capturing enemy cities and capitals and all the wonders he built - get major diplomatic penalties from warmongering, all civs either guarded or hostile, refuse to trade anything with me. - cruise to science/diplomatic/domination victory despite all diplomatic avenues being closed off from being seen as a warmonger. I guess I could try this same strategy at higher difficulty levels and see where it gets me, but I have my doubts. I think my peace-time strategy is lacking, but I don't know where or how to fix it. I always fall behind in tech, culture, wonders, religion, and the only way I found to catch up is by warmongering. This essentially prevents any future trading, research agreements, etc because all civs hate me. My best guess is that I'm doing something subtle that pisses off AIs to make them keep declaring war on me. Surely there must be more than one way to win at Civ 5 than constant warmongering?