well, try what I propose above and let us all know how it goes. As for the above conditions of your environment, you are assuming that "your tiny army" was the only measure of your strength. It may have been so pre-BNW, I have that strong impression but it needs more digging into the code (and I remember many here complaining about the stupid AI taking only army size into consideration when declaring insane wars that they could not win because strength is much more than army size; I even remember some "strategists" posting how they lured the AI's into committing military suicide by keeping a tempting, small, obsolete army and huge cash reserves and solid economy to trigger their insane war declaration, and then quickly buy a modern army and destroy such AI civ). Now we are complaining about the opposite??? It needs more digging into the code and I don't have much time now, but I certainly will sometime. Let's say there is code for more considerations now. Look at your own posting: you had obviously cash reserves, you used them to buy all CS around you, and your economy was good. Montezuma is in the middle of a jungle, not that good economy, the AI looks into your army, sees a small pathetic army, but then adds some more considerations: your CS power, your economy, your cash reserves. Now the bait is not so sweet anymore... is it? It does not fall for it. My impression is that all those checks are now there (I think I remember seeing some of them already, but will try to confirm that and post code). If that is the case, HOW IS THAT A BAD AI? Because it does not fall for the old "strategy" anymore???