A brief update and some questions... I have played 1.5 turns and it is now 530 BC. I have set the science rate to zero and am rebuilding our military. My intention is to buy currency for literature from either Carthage or Netherlands, whoever gets it first. Or the science rate can be restarted. I have not started a wonder/FP pre-build, we should be able to rush the FP with a leader. Question: we have the opportunity to buy silks + 1g from the Netherlands for either furs or construction, and then lower our luxury rate to zero, which is worth 9g/turn. Is it OK to make one of these deals? I am assuming our first target is Amsterdam. We have 9 turns left on our alliance + ROP, and the Dutch lack only construction, literature & republic. The Russians know construction but the Dutch are almost broke. Also, I am planning Oslo as a worker pump, and thinking about using Bergen as our settler pump and letting Trondheim grow & build market + wonder Finally, I am wondering how we are going to deal with a barbarian uprising when we enter the middle ages.