Okay, here is the world map I promised (big!): As you can see I'm spread pretty thin, with all those distant island colonies. Yokohama, Hakodate, Hannover, Bremen, and Lagash are only getting one shield per turn, but I'm actually able to build a few improvements in each of them, primarily from planting forest and then chopping them. (Of course, cash rush is also an option, and I've used that heavily in this game.) As far as resources go, I have three. Horses from Kagoshima (hard to see in the map since the city label covers it), iron from Bremen (the harbor was built mostly from disbanding injured longbowmen from the battle of Berlin), and rubber (!!!) from Hannover. Makes me feel kind of guilty for getting the city out of the peace treaty... Hannover is still undefended, but that galleon that is passing by Matsuyama is carrying some riflemen over there. They'll definitely arrive before anything actually gets built in the city No coal or saltpeter though. I don't want saltpeter, since then I won't be able to build samurai anymore, but coal is going to be really important later on. Where will I get it from?