Gold:NEVER Techs:accept giving tech if they are very backwords or if they are at war with an enimy. Otherwise dont give them a tech. Religion Switching:Never Civic Switching:Only if the civic benefits the civilization or does not effect it that much. Stop Trading:Get into a group of friends and dont stop trading with them, everyone else is ok to trade with. P.S. I am in the party and i thought for myself.