I thought I would share my social policy selection order to get the community's thoughts and to see what everyone else chooses throughout their games. I usually play as England (map size, speed, difficulty, other civs etc varies depending on my mood) and have a habit of almost always choosing this order whatever my desired victory... Liberty: Opener Liberty: Citizenship Liberty: Collective Rule Liberty: Republic Honor: Opener Tradition: Opener Liberty: Meritocracy Liberty: Representation Tradition: Obigarchy Honor: Discipline Honor: Military Caste Commerce: Opener Commerce: Trade Unions Commerce: Mercantilism Commerce: Protectionism Commerce: Naval Tradition Commerce: Merchant Navy Autocracy: Opener Autocracy: Militarism Autocracy: Populisim Autocracy: Fascism Autocracy: Police State Autocracy: Total War There can be some minor variations to the above, for example: If barbarians are not a problem then I will postpone Honor If money is tight then I will start Commerce earlier If I'm not fighting major war(s) around the time of Autocracy then I may choose Order instead This appears to work for me as a general "multi-purpose" strategy whereby I get a decent economy going (through Commerce and the free garrisoned units); happiness is seldom a problem (luxury resources and all garrisoned units provide +1); and mid-late game I have little to worry about so can focus on a victory condition. Admittedly my games can get drawn out a little longer than the average and a cultural victory is almost out of the question but this seems to keep my Civilization on top of everything. Thoughts? Do you have a specific selection order for your social policies or does it vary depending on certain factors?