I'm curious if anyone else tried this before... After much trying I managed to let Egypt live into the modern age without collapsing as the leader of the pack in science, culture and overall points. Think I'll go for space race victory. Anyway, while settling further down in Africa I found an insanely ressource-rich spot, but it will take a while for a city placed there to live up to its potential. So I thought, what if I settled there earlier? Like, way earlier? Thus I started a new game and sent my starting settler and warrior on an exodus that would make Moses blush. It was easier than I expected to get all the way down. I had to stop once or twice so as to not risk getting attacked by animals on open terrain, but overall I could found my capital in turn 22 or 23. I just traded Calendar so now I know I'm in the year 890. This is the current state of my unconventional Egyptian empire. I'll probably settle Madagascar next. I'm behind where I would be if I stayed in my starting location, but still this is a very fun game so far Plus down there I can probably avoid the plagues but I fear collapse in the future, I believe you get penalties for other people having cities in your core area. I can give a more detailed report of the game so far if anyone's interested, but I'd feel kinda foolish if it turns out such an exodus is an old hat.