That was the conclusion I was coming to as well. Lots and lots of cottages, I neglected to mention that the a good part of the game has been a land race/border war with the balseraps, which by going for FoL early was partially a double whammy because of my long border. But it only seemed "natural" that I should go for FoL you understand. I just had not experienced a hard economic struggle in any of my other tests, so it took me by surprize a little. I hate to be a frustrated expansionist because of a little thing called money.