So the AI loves to make "Edge cities", which are these little cities that are on the outskirts of your empire. Here is an example. Spoiler : Now on the surface, this city is hot garbage. But I know the AI, and inevitably they will plant a citadel on that western hill, grab some land, and take my iron. Even with that, this really isn't much of a city and its extremely vulnerable to attack from that continent. It in theory invites me to snuff this guy out, but the AI very quickly get his defensive buildings in place, and has 2 defensive pacts (because its the medieval phase and pretty much every AI gets 2 defensive pacts at this point). So taking it has terrible diplomatic consequences for me, aka not as easy to take as it might first appear. So its extremely annoying for the player, but is it "good play?" Is the AI just leveraging its advantages, or is it doing something silly and stupid? What do you think (poll included).