I. INTRODUCTION Hello, I've been tinkering different gameplay approaches, I played as Poland on Emperor difficulty. This is my first post in this forum, and I'm quite excited about it. I have to admit that warmongering is something, where I'm worst at. Therefore, I wanted to learn or improve my skills in warfare. This is my celebratory post for finishing my undergraduate course BS Biology yesterday huehue II. SETTINGS Initial Emperor Difficulty Standard, Epic, Communitas Map (Edited to increase 2 natural wonders) 8 AI, 16 City-states Mods VP (3-11) VP More Wonders Expanded Community Patch Events 3UC/4UC for VP III. THE WORLD Other Civilizations I first met the Egyptians on the North, then Siam on the East. Three of us were on the same continent. Far North: Polynesian. North East: Celts. Far East: Indonesian.Far West: Assyria, and Far Northwest is the American. I said Far on both Assyria and America, because an archipelago can be found on the West of my empire, where I failed to colonize due to Polynesian UA, and I'm busy conquering my continent. Diplomacy At first, DOF with almost everyone, after conquering the Capital of Egypt, Siam denounced me, the rest doesn't care. Celts and I were friends before I cancelled our DOF to declare war with Siam (Siam and the Celts has defensive pact). I ignored CS, but had 3 allies when I declared war with the Assyria (Indonesia paid me), reward from declaring with Assyria. Dumb me, Those 2 city-states were really close geographically with Assyria, now Kabul is under siege . Religion I'm actually irritated on this part, Egypt, Siam and the Celts found their own religion. I found Sikhism (my favorite icon lol). Since, Siam and Egypt found their religion (3rd and last respectively), I decided to conquer their holy cities and make my religion dominant on this continent. The Celts' religion is powerful (The most), I underestimated her spreading due to their UA (dumb me once again). All other empire followed her religion except Egypt and Siam. She insists on spreading even though I asked her not to (WAR), so I denounced her. IV. MY EMPIRE My Polish Empire of Empire Ador (Emperador lol), has the leading score, leading in social policy (honestly, meh), science? I forgot, but I think I am, and the rest in the demographics, except population (5th). Technologies First to discover Chemistry and Gunpowder, therefore, I'm building Himeji Castle, and built Leaning Tower (idk why I built that). Assyria is the first to enter renaissance, forgot to mention and I don't know which technology. Social Policies First, Authority, and then Fealty, and after that, Imperialism. Got the first social policy on Imperialism (the one with monopoly bonus) Religion My religion is the majority in the minor continent with three civilizations. No reformation, need 5% more followers. Holy Law- I thought this could be good for Poland... Inspiration- culture is always good on any empire Orders- extra experience, and for crime reduction (redundant with 3UC/4UC), I don't know if this is a good choice. Zealotry- I can buy new units at the same time with faith, I liked this. No Reform, Didn't spread on City-states on the western archipelago, conquered the Egyptian and Siamese holy cities. Military Strongest in terms of land, mostly longswordsman, Tercio is available, but has no gold to upgrade the rest of the longswordsman. Few knights, but has ducal stable on all cities, as I said, I'm not good in warfare And a funny navy, a single Caravel Conquest and Vassals Conquered Egypt, has 2 more cities, I don't like his gift when I entered the renaissance era (2 scouts? really) Recently Siam became my vassal, leaving one city on a tiny peninsula on my southwest. I conquered Geneva when sacked, I though this could be good because of the Silk monopoly (10% gold on all cities), I couldn't find the other silk resource, 50% monopoly on silk. Other No unhappiness issue, ranges from 30-90. High, yah My economy is mediocre, not the best, always popping great writes (I think this is not good). V. WHAT TO DO? With the state of the game, my single caravel navy, I don't actually know what should I do next. 1. Should I continue warring to fulfill my world conquest? I'm not confident, If I can,because of my lacking of navy, and skill. 2. Warring and Culture Victory, Is that possible with my policy choices? 3. If I continue warring, where would I begin? Indonesia is just on the coast of my newly conquered Thai capital, the Celts on the Northeast of my vassal Egypt. Polynesia on the north of my puppet cities of Thebes, Heliopolis and Alexandria. 4. I wanted a large and contagious "Puppet Empire", but I don't think that could lead me to any victory, Is that right? lol 5. Which cities should I annex? Only the capital cities?, I conquer much of the Siam empire for the Gold monopoly only. 6. My population is 5th in the ranking, is that a problem? Thank you everyone!