This. This is one of the most annoying features about the idiotic AI in this game. Why would I ever give into a demand for more gold when I am rampaging across a map? There needs to be an auto-deny option for pointless requests like that. Once, just for the Hell of it, I actually agreed to a demand. Did it do ANYTHING for my diplomatic relations? Nope. So why even have the stupid option in the first place? Why would you want to give the AI even more advantages to production? On higher difficulties, it easily outproduces players and is given enough gold where maintenance is not an issue. Furthermore, the AI seems to suffer a much, much softer version of war weariness than the player, making it almost a non-issue to it. One thing that I absolutely want to see addressed is religion. On higher difficulties, early game investment into religion handicaps players to a ridiculous extent. The AI has a strong chance to start with astrology out of the gate, so it can get religious districts up and running every quickly. If you want to get a religion, you have to drop everything else and pray you don't get sniped. It just doesn't work compared to investing in science or going full military.