Now we are at a point where we have to decide our mid-term strategy. Here are questions that come to my mind. 1. Who should we ally/co-operate with? (Tendency so far: The Brotherhood) - Do we want a long-term agreement? (NAP and /or tech trading) 2. How do we deal with the other tribe (probably Die Kueche)? - Should we try to co-operate with Die Kueche during the AA, or not at all? These things came to my mind quickly. Please feel free to add other topics. As for 1: I am quite sure that The Brotherhood is aiming towards Republic (and are already researching it). This is our best option (in my opinion), to get Republic quickly, while offering some other techs to them and to get ahead of Die Kueche. I would like to convince them to send us Republic as soon as they completed it and give them our techs as they come in. As for 2: Currently Die Kueche are researching Iron Working and would like to trade it for Philosophy. If we do this, on the one hand we'd get iron for swordsmen, but on the other hand we speed up their path to Republic. (They already mentioned their intention to research CoL next. So: trade, or not? (I will make a poll out of this). A further thought: Declining a tech trade that early might cause a change in their attitude towards us early on. If we plan to attack Die Kueche at some point in a not too far future, we should not trade with them at all, as this will bind their research towards Republic for quite a while.