Hello, I just wonder what people's opinion on playing Russia on higher difficulties (emperor-diety) is. I took quite a long break from Civ 5 but decided to play a game on emperor the other day. Picked a random leader, got Catherine, and holy is the production bonus from having several horses close to the capital massive. I had 2 horses on plains next to a river in my capital and just blew through the classical era when it came to production. With stables, each horse tile gave me 5 production and coupled with me throwing down a GE from SP's I often ended up having no buildings available as my production pace was higher than my research, essentially allowing me to have a super-strong capital and quite a large army by the time I reached Steel. I had 8 Swordsmen ready to be upgraded when I hit Steel, and I had quite a large gold reserve after selling off all my excess horses and iron. I won the game through domination just after hitting Rifling. I'm just curious on what people think about playing Russia for higher difficulty levels. The extra production coupled with the ability to sell a huge amount of strategic resources early-game makes them an excellent choice in my opinion. Am I being stupid or not?