In my current game I missed the wonder I was going for (Leonardo's workshop) and was faced with wasting a lot of shields in my pre-build city. However, upon examination I saw a chance to switch builds to JS Bachs in 4 turns if I went all out science; problem being that I would complete my palace in 1 turn even after micro-managing. The solution was to put this one city into "controlled" anarchy, ie: - move out the MPs (this was the easiest & chosen solution) - sell happiness improvements (1000yr old temple? no way!) - lower luxeries (this too was done) - sabotage luxeries/roads (too many roads on mountains, too painful) It worked out fine but I did note that the number of shields already accumulated did drop away in that period of "controlled" anarchy as the palace would take longer to build afterwards. This seems a note-worthy tactic for a rather specific scenario, I haven't seen it mentioned so I thought I'd mention it (again?). Anyone done this?