So I make my first start on Prince, playing as Willem of Orange, large map, archipelago, snaky continents. The starting location is not that great for expansion and it takes me a while to get rolling. Well, I'm rolling now, as much as I can be. My cities are almost all hammer-poor and if not for slavery and whipping I'd have no buildings. Still, I have moved into a slight tech lead. And somehow, I have played the diplomacy cards well enough to keep my nearest neighbor Julius 'pleased' and even 'friendly' for quite a while. Unfortunately he DOW'd my other best buddy Frederick and put me in the position of DOW'ing Fred as well. Frederick turned out to be the worst enemy of several other civs so this eventually helped my relations in a global sense. After expanding on the home island-continent as much as I could, I saw some resources on the landmass to the south, and moved two settlers down there and staked my claim. This turns out to be a north/south tongue extending down to JC's continent. I flipped his nearest city, Medialanus (sp?), with a Great Artist culture bomb, and built culture buildings to stabilize it and to further erode his holdings down there. I've done some good things in this game like reaching Liberalism first, using the free tech to take Economy, and using that Great Merchant to start a golden age and switch 3 civics. Otherwise I've put so much effort into cottaging and building up my empire financially that my military is not match for JC's -- 0.3 power ratio and of course he is cranking out the GGs fast and furious, I'm boxed in from further expansion, and my GP production is almost at a standstill. I'm not really worried about anybody else at this point but I sure hate sleeping next to Julius. Thoughts or suggestions for forward strategy? Savegame is attached. Also attached is a funny screenshot. After discovering Writing and trading maps around I found an unpopped hut near my western shores, and the villagers gave me Astronomy. Wow!