@ Shark Diver Spoiler : I look at this as a technical loss because I played each turn with no reloads and the outcome was Poc beat me to a launch. If you really look at my game this was a win in reality even though the defeat screen popped up . I have had many games where the victory screen popped up but it did not feel like a win. It was a technical win but the AI should of beat me to a VC very easy. Things like the AI not launching all it's parts when it could of or when they have 32k gold and do not buy out all the CS's when they could easily win a Diplo VC. This game is a little goofy like that sometimes you win but you really didn't win and sometimes you lose when you really didn't lose. This is one reason why people like Domination so much. When you actually put in the time to Dominate the world... nobody can say you really didn't win or you really didn't lose. You forced the issue and you won for sure. I was only -10 happy at worst case. I could of made it look like -2 in a hurry with some large gold deals for lux trade. I wasn't sure how much more unhappy would happen. Is a revolutionary wave at -32 the highest it can get? That wouldn't matter either since all I needed to do was build some happy buildings and get some more happy with tenets like you suggest. I took FL too just because I was gonna stomp Monty but I could of easily taken -1/2 happy for specialists. I think if you look at my game you can see I was fooling around alot . The game was already won and I was sorta experimenting and being lazy. I think the game forces us to either choose Order mostly or Autocracy for an easier win. That doesn't mean Freedom isn't easy either you just need to set up your empire to absorb the unhappy that is comming. Actually I love Order anyway since I find the choices in it better for my playstyle. Perhaps I will just play Domination games from now on to not fall into this mess. However that takes me double to triple the amount of time to finish a game so Im not sure I will convert so easily . On a side note if I had Full Tradition like yourself I would not even have to think about it. Monarchy takes care of everything and I have soooo much faith I buy GE's like candy and rush parts all day long! Another thing I was thinking, if I was a littler smarter, I could of built a railroad from Venice to my Capital to maybe shave off one turn for the win but I was very lazy and didn't think about that even though I knew a 3 turn trip to the Capital might be too much! I had my workers just idle lol. This loss doesn't bother me at all. I actually was rooting for Poc to launch on the turn that he did . The games that really bug me are the games that sometimes happen to me like the Dido Map you rolled. I really lost that game because my ego wouldn't let me stop the war with the Arabs and since I stalemated for too long I lost for real!!