I am Maya my aggressor is America and they are happiness killing me! Large map (10 civs, 20 states, pangea) and I took London early afaik I'm the only one with 2 palaces it's turn 350 (only prince difficulty). Anyway I'm the best at darned near everything so that's reason 1 why America (2nd best) hates me, but what I want to know is when declared upon why did America all of a sudden gain half the city states?? HOW?? Is it cheating?? now my bad is I I kind of ignored and worked around it. Now he's allied with most of the other city states and they ALL hate me (cuz when he loses ally the hate remains). So yeah, that's not that hard to work around, just take them over. My bad 2 is I should have done this BEFORE the world congress cuz he has nearly DOMINANT power (we'll see they haven't convened once yet... but I know how this works) and I have very little happiness to work with. I'm just coming back to Civ V (waiting for Gathering Storm... than waiting on a sale...) but a) I probably won't get any bills passed (what's delegates? I can get 1 maybe 2 if I take the spy out of my cap... is it worth bribing city states that don't already hate me?? there are a few cuz like I said there were 20 and hardly any seem to be taken over... though that may change... BUT) and b) I've hit a bump in happiness that I guess everybody hits mid-game (everybody but the cheating AI)... I can't even accept a surrender the unhappiness KILLS me and I only have like 6 cities! so conquering, while certainly not impossible (working on a fleet of Frigates), is kind of out of the question, or slow at best. What would you do? I have 2 defensive pacts with distant weaks civs and 1 moderate close civ (Inca? I dunno a hostile civ where tolerance is the best you'll do ) but 2 civs I warred with or they warred with me (England obviously and Celts declared on me even tried to surrender I took it than had to go back to autosave as I couldn't take -15 happiness or something... I took their gold :/ they'll probly attack again). I don't know if War Weariness is a thing but this war with America has been going on for CENTURIES I tried but America won't even talk to me. I might take his coastal towns but again, HAPPINESS. One more thing, even with a slight technological deficit, with a 10-15% happiness hit to combat efficiency I'm starting to lose battles to his pikemen and lancers so if he invades I'm screwed. Sorry for the long text but basically what I want to know, is if this game is worth salvaging, where I went wrong? Or is this just something everybody faces at the mid game crises? Is trying to bribe city states worth it? Should I post Delegates and to which civs, the ones that hate me or the ones that like me or the moderates? After the circus maximus is built (almost done) I should be good (0 or barely over) with happiness but how long will that last? I have barely no other buildings to acquire and it seems my culture has stopped :/ I should work on culture that's my weak point.