Basically, first game i've ever played on Deity, as China, took over mongolia, demark and songhai almost immediately, its on Marathon so it was a long time ago - recall using Knights so maybe not immediately. But thats not the point, basically felt bad for taking these civilisations down and decided to give them all cities upon a smaller subcontinent off the mainland, these cities are all completely useless, but throughout the game i decided to continue placing cities and giving them each to the Iroquis, America, Babylon and Germany. Relatively quickly the hostilities from the mongolians etc. disipated. And AI hostility took its focus away from me and upon the other AI. i know have a lead of almost 1000 and am currently in good favour with a majority of the AI. So anyone else tried creating these cities simply for future benefit, as far as i know everyone else is at war, with only America, the Iroquis having any reason as they are on the same continent. Not sure if these cities are provoking such aggression, but on lower difficulties i would usually find myself at regular war with at least 1 or 2 civs. Were the cities the reason?