So, I need some advice, and a save is attached. I've been friends with Washington for several hundred years, as I worked towards a science victory. When I asked my spy in New York to look around, he found that Washington was 5 turns from completing the Apollo project, and I haven't researched rocketry yet. Do I mass my troops and invade soon, or do I wait for nukes? Background, for those who are interested ... Carthage, Large Islands Plus map, G&K ( *not* BNW !) and only Prince difficulty. Yes, yes, I know. I tried to plant few cities and grow them, but my initial island did not have a lot of grassland. I've been selling the plentiful crabs to everyone, and have been #2 in tech for a good while. Early on, I built the unique naval unit and grabbed a couple cities from the Germans. The Ottomans (to my north) declared on me, and I repulsed them. I was short of horses, so I never built my unique elephant until it went obsolete. As I approached the industrial age, I declared on Germany again to get the oil near Bremen and the iron near Dusseldorf. Washington teamed up with the Ottomans to eliminate the Aztecs, and Suleiman grabbed Texcoco in the process. Later, Catherine asked for me to join her war against Alexander, and I needed the whales near Corinth, so I agreed, asking for 10 turns to prepare. My navy swooped in, and took Corinth in 3 turns. The military advisor said that Washington was stronger than me, so I wanted to get back on good terms. When George asked me to join his war against the Ottomans, I agreed, asking for 10 turns to prepare. I laid siege to Bursa, which was *just* outside of the range of my Great War Bombers. Washington took Texcoco, and then seemed to do nothing. I was sinking Suleiman's fleet, and he offered peace and gave me Bursa. I'm back to peace again, but my core cities are not nearly large enough. Washington has cities that are size 24, 26 due to his grasslands, and I'm concerned I will lose the tech race unless I can invade and burn a couple cities to the ground. Did I take my eye off the ball, w.r.t. science by going to war against Alex and Suleiman? It's not like I built a huge army to do it; I used my existing army and navy. Should I have fought Washington earlier, rather than staying his friend?