I was playing as France on immortal today and thought I'd try for something different. I had marble in my capital and no really close neighbours. I was on a smallish continent with Songhai to my East--close, but far enough away that I could keep on decent terms. I thought, what the heck, I'll go for a cultural victory and start by going up the tradition line. I lost out on all the early wonders--first one I got was the oracle giving me a free SP. I nabbed a few more as things went on. I got out a couple settlers to block off enough land. I quit awhile after getting all 5 tradition SPs. I was able to get a few wonders, block off some land, and feel ok-ish about the game; however, I couldn't help but feel that I would've been WAY better off if I had sword-rushed Songhai (no horses) followed by ICSing my continent--i.e., either going up the honor or liberty trees. The 6 tradition SPs: 1) Tradition: +1 food in the capital. Kinda meh. 2) Aristocracy: +33% production for wonders. Decent, but the AI takes all the really early wonders at the higher levels. Helps a bit for grabbing a couple mid-game wonders, but not decisive. 3) Oligarchy: +33% combat strength when fighting inside own borders. Decent, but means you're fighting defensively, which typically isn't a great sign. 4) Legalism: -33% unhappiness in capital from population (iirc). Kinda meh. 5) Landed Elite: +33% growth rate in capital. Decent, but probably only good for a OCC. 6) Monarchy: -50% cost for buying land. Decent, but not so amazing when you compare to ICSing where you're not paying to buy land. Outside of a OCC (where I think this tree can shine, comparatively speaking), is this tree relatively useless?