I am offering my save after 9 turns, to allow the members to practice some diplomacy. You can post your results and we can decide to proceed from the most acceptable candidate. I have conducted a round of trading, and I will post my trading sequence later, to avoid giving away spoiler info. The initial situation: Carthage has discovered currency and has a monopoly The Arabs have already discovered Literature and have traded it to Carthage. Carthage, Arabia and Byzantium have contact with each other, do not have contact with the rest of the world The Aztecs have contact with the Dutch and the Ottomans We are still at war with the Arabs and the Aztecs I will post a turn log and a strategy discussion in following posts.