We need to research part of Astronomy at the moment, because MM can't access Gunpowder without Education or Guilds. Alternatively, we could make a super generous Paper (gift) ---> Printing Press + Education <----> Astronomy trade and Lib. Physics 2 turns later, with huge OF going into Communism. I think I'd be ok with this. With Paper + Astronomy, MM can pick Physics as his tech of choice, whether he has PP or not. But Education reveals the path to Economics (via Guilds ---> Banking), which he should prefer. He'd research Guilds + Banking for us, and we'd then snipe the free GM.