Morocco, who I discovered (after repeated crashes and game restarts) seem to have a start bias of *near* desert rather than *in* desert. Still, my second city was a desert beast, even on an archipelago, and quickly overtook my capital. I was headed for cultural victory, but Iroquois and Siam had way too much culture, and Iroquois had too many votes in the World Congress to ignore. Turned all of my trade routes on city states, got the influence bonus from Freedom, crushed the Iroquois in a stupid war they started and went on to become diplomatic leader. All in all fun times, but I would like to try them again on a map with more desert available.