When some bully tries to extort stuff out of me, if I don't want to comply I have two choices: defy him ("Take your empty threats elsewhere") or simply ignore him ("Goodbye, Bozo"). Does it make much of a difference in foreign relations if I choose to ignore rather than defy? Recently Montezuma had been making several extortion attempts throughout the game. I kept ignoring him; he was no great shakes in this game anyway. After the fourth time, he suddenly declared war. I immediately signed an alliance with the Iroquois. Neither Monty nor I could make much of a dent in each other, so we called it off after a few turns. But I watched the Iroquois keep beating up on the Aztecs for almost the entire remainder of the game, nearly 100 turns! If I had told him where to stick his threats, would he have gotten PO'd and declared war that much sooner? Or does it not make a difference if you just say goodbye and ignore him? Way down at the end of the game, the Iroquois had reduced him to only 2 cities on an island. I had a destroyer, ironclad, and other ships surrounding him, and kept calling him up and demanding he surrender all his gold and his one remaining city to me. Until he said "Don't toy with me!" and I felt a little guilty because after all he was near death. And then guess what he did? Declared war on me! Poor guy, the stress had made him take leave of his senses.