Wow, I turn my back on this thread for twelve hours and there's another book to read. Tallanas, our cores look much healthier now--fine work. Mistfit, your idea of preparing Cologne to build the UN for the Russians is exceptionally clever. It might not work when the time comes, since getting the Russians to start the UN in one particular city will be harder than getting them to start it in any one of their good cities. But since the plan would help us a lot if it succeeded, and wouldn't hurt us much if it failed, I think we should definitely start building the appropriate improvements in Cologne--which means a hydro plant and all the happiness structures, as GK points out. When I say it wouldn't hurt us much if the Russians didn't start the UN in Cologne, I'm assuming that we'll be wiping them out anyway, to get rid of a vote against us in the election.