I agree Despotism needs some kind of tweak. The enemy culture % penalty is just BRUTAL, it pretty much decimates a conquered city. Despotism already doesn't have as many tools as Monarchy to manage happyness. Despotic govts can run bigger armies for cheaper, so I have found it useful one time when I was on defense, but if you go on offense, you pretty much have to switch to monarchy if you plan to capture anything, which kind of beats the purpose of having a big army. The current game pretty much forces you to adopt Monarchy, and Despotic govt should have some viable role. I think Despotism could lose the +1 happyness, but also lose the negative culture happyness penalty. Also, on a side note, I have been noticing this for a while. Where did all the copper go? I have noticed there is almost no copper in my AND games and it has been like this for quite a while. Anyone else notice this?