Regent Level, playing as Celts on a Regular sized map First, thanks to everyone who posted in my Wars/Militarism quesiton topic, you have helped a ton, and i now have a dilemma in my most recent game i just started. See, i went into it thinking i WOULDN'T go berserk and declare war on other Civs as soon as i got a decent army, i was going to build up and maybe even build some infrastructure, amazing for me to consider such a thing Things were going well, Persia and i got otgether, traded some techs, and brought each other up to date on the the tree. Several turns later, they demanded 3, yes THREE, gold from me. Why would you demand THREE gold? Its like robbing a bank and only asking the cashier for 200 bucks! Of course, i told them where to go, and they declaared war. Not wanting a big bloody conflict, i immediately attacked a straggler city near my empire and since it was only size 1, it was destroyed, losing me reputation points with my neighbors. Instead of pushing an attack and trying to kill more, i simply offered peace (of course i wanted a little something extra, but not like they didn't bring it on themselves) So life went on, and fairly soon after, the punk Germans demanded money and maps from me. I, naturally, told them where they could put their "offer." BAM! Embroiled in another unwanted war. I saw a lone city of theirs guarded by a lone regular warrior. I made quick work of the city, but since it was size 1, i automatically destroyed it. This of course, did not help my image, despite the fact i didn't want war at all! I figured i could sue for peace pretty soon, but then, the Germans got the Mongols into the act too! They entered an Alliance against me! Bastards! And then as soon as that bomb dropped, they convinced the Zulus to jump in it against me too! I have done nothing wrong! I wanted peace, not war! Stop bullying me! Leave me alone! ARGH! I din't WANT to destroy those crappy cities! Anyway, its 650 BC, and 3 out of the 5 other Civs on my continent want my head on a plate and out of the two others, one is furious for me because THEY declared war on ME, and the other (Greeks) don't trust me because i destroyed those two crummy cities! Ack! What should i do? Any advice/ideas? I would just try to get Iron and mow them all down with swordsmen, but the only Iron deposit on the face of the freakin planet, though unclaimed in neutral territory, is deep in Zulu/German territory, and it will take too long to get to it, and its too dangerous! Whats a victim to do? I didn't do anything to these Civs! (Maybe they recalled my treatment of them in previous games) Somebody help me out here!