I have included some screenshots to help us decide what do do about our bottle neck situation. I recommend that we start thinking outside of the box. We don't have to halt all expansion just because SANCTA has capped the bottleneck. There is still plenty of open land. We can build some cities in some unconventional locations and possibly get ourselves out of this rut, even BEFORE we launch another war. Here are some nearby spots where we should think about dropping cities. Remember, we are in a corner... This situation calls for bold actions/strategies... We are bottled up, we have to look outside the Altai mountains/ SyrDarya valley for new cities. I will use these screenies to propose some suggested city sites but I thought folks might want to have a look at the blank maps first.