In my last game as Darius, I didn't expect to get very far... being smack dab in the middle of Suryavarman, Ghengis, Elizabeth and Hammurabi without any chance of rushing (in a non-suicidal way) or grabbing an adequate amount of land. At least being blocked in at a ridiculously early time meant I wasn't wiped off the map by barbarians. I engaged in much bend-over diplomacy towards Suryavarman and Genghis (fellow Jews) and joined in on their wars - first against Elizabeth, then Hammurabi - with nothing but a couple of Immortals... and this was in the early ADs. These dozen or so Immortals ended up taking every English and Babylonian city, without needing reinforcements. Genghis did all work for me, bringing mostly catapults and a few Keshiks that kindly baited spearmen for me... and Immortals are more than good enough for beating up weakened Longbows. Since both conquered empires were large and prosperous, with the majority of wonders and shrines between them, I quickly surpassed the others and a victory was assured before 1000AD (friendly neighbours, three times anyone else's land, the breathing room to set up a total cottage spam, certain to get to Mining.Inc for ~10 hammers per city reasonably soon... I ended up backstabbing Genghis out of sheer boredom and driving him off the continent). *** Ok, enough exposition. I think something is seriously wrong if I can direct my war allies where to attack, then take all the cities while having maybe a tenth of their military might. I was lucky to some extent because Genghis in particular built far too many siege units and not enough cleanup troops but this just shouldn't happen. Maybe there should be diplomatic penalties for city-stealing, maybe allies should ask for captured cities that border their territory, but they shouldn't feed the human like that.