I've attached a picture of my first real game in VP: Babylon, Pangaea map, chieften difficulty. I sailed through the early and mid games, beat Japan in a war, took two of their cities and I led, and continue to lead, the world by a massive tech gap. Most of my focus was on science, building libraries, councils and universities. It seems, however, that this has come back to haunt me, as now my empire is bored, destitute and in distress. It seems my efforts to rectify my problems are too little, too late; building banks, markets etc to rectify poverty means people just become bored instead. I'm close to giving up on this game since I can barely keep my happiness above 35%. Is this retrievable? Should I start anew? And if so, how can I prevent this from happening again? Grateful for any suggestions.