Snowly: thanks for the input. It just seemed a little early for settling like that. I think closed borders is a non starter here--depending on where he settles we'll also get the close borders hit. I'm inclined to hurry a settler and grab the spice land. If we end up in a Shaka lovefest I don't want to lose those resources--we'll need them for trade post astro. I would assume there's a settler on that galley.