I think it makes sense. Spoiler : You have the only desert on this landmass, so it makes sense it's filled with Incense. Then, due to the U-shape of this Pangaea, there are only two regions with jungle, so it is fair that it's filled with spices because the other side of the map is filled with Cotton and Wine. Also, I think game coding somehow balances out terrain with civs' UA, UB's, and UI's. For example, I find that the op civs like Poland, Korea, Shoshone do not get amazing starts, but for India it makes sense to have an extra lux or two because otherwise their expansion would be crippled so much they won't make it out of the early game. You actually inspired me to follow a similar strategy, but I went for 6-city rapid expansion Piety madness. t170-something NC ( ) after marinating in the Dark Ages with my reliigon for a while... but I am having a blast. Definitely more fun than the 4-city Tradition space race. Spoiler : Picked early Oral Tradition, then stole a worker from Morocco. Since I knew he'd be annoying, I did not sue for peace and built an Archer. Killed a couple of his warriors, and then captured 2 settlers on top of that (had to reload because I am so so bad at military unit movement). That put him back so much he founded only the last religion. I promised not to convert his cities but changed my mind a few turns later. I mean... my religion is better.. for me. So I decided that with that start it would be difficult to do a CV (low production), and SV is just boring. So I decided to go for a Diplo win. My strategy was to spam missionaries and invest in CS's. I picked Church Property, since I intended to go around converting, then Pagodas because they are so good. Then I took Feed the World and Missionary Zeal, which, combined with Mandate of Heaven, gives half-priced Missionaries. I was also lucky enough to get the Great Mosque of Djenne. Only William went Piety, and I just knew the AI's would first build HS and Borobudur, so it was the only wonder I had a shot at. For Reformation, I picked Evangelism. I have done a Diety Diplo win with Charitable Missions, so I wanted to try something I had never picked. So, my strategy was to spam half-priced Missionaries and remove other religions' pressure from cities. Unfortunately, William had a similar thought, so we are fighting over those City-States in the middle because neither he, nor I will stop the missionary spam. I also did not expect Washington to found a religion, but he did, and it is annoying. But he did not go Piety, so he isn't spamming. I went full Piety and want to go full Patronage. Ain't nobody got time for Rationalism. I would probably have done better with left-side Liberty into Piety, but that is again something I have already done before. My tech progress and general development is the slowest I have ever had, but it's also fun pumping out Missionaries every other turn and bathing in gold. The world has been slow, as well. The AI's were a bit concerned that I build cities too aggressively, so I built Elephants and Archers early, but when I saw Pocatello marching at me, I decided to bribe him to go to war with Pachacuti. He would DoW Washington, but I just wanted his troops away. However, now USA decided they want some Native American land and took Te-Moak quickly. I think I should win this game via diplomacy... EVENTUALLY... but I need to make sure America is kept at bay.