I'm terrible at whipping and this is a strategy I know I don't use nearly enough. Therefore I know that I probably won't be able to compete in higher levels. Now I use cottages to fund my economy. So obviously I try and get my cottages going very early in order for them to grow. I think the main reason I don't whip nearly enough is because I don't want the cottages to stop growing. In my mind I can justify sacrificing a pop point working a mine because I figure I get the hammers the mine would have generated sooner. How much is it worth to sacrifice "working turns" of a cottage/hamelet, etc to get hammers? I kno why thinking is probably flawed. Eventually withcertain techs and civis, the cottages will grow faster. Generally, should I simply whip basic infra (granary, library, forge, courthouse) in all my cities AND THEN let my cottages grow? Currently it takes for ever to grow buildings in commerce cities because I generally don't want to whip there. When is it a good idea not to whip anymore? How about whipping unis? I've read that some do and some don't. Any thoughts?