...I cannot put it forward for consideration because I was helped by game in progress posts as diplomatic victory is not one I usually pursue so I needed guidance. Looking now at other after action comments, my game seems to have proceeded along similar lines to others. Mostly peaceful - only Egypt DOW'ed me, but they were easy and Thebes was the only city I bothered capturing and puppeting. I finished with 3 cities on the starting continent and another up north for the iron, plus Thebes. There were a few AI wars, but it was mostly handbags. Arabia was the runaway leader financially, although I had caught him up by the end. He beat me to UN by about 10 turns, but the resulting gold for the incomplete wonder proved vital. My only surprise at the end was why Arabia made little attempt to buy back the CS's after I threw money at them although they had money to do so. Stupid AI.....again.