Here's the situation...I thought I'd throw it out to the general public. I'm in a multiplayer game that I play with a two friends via LAN at my friend's house a couple of times a week. Thus, I can't provide a save file, but I'll describe the situation and see what people think. Surviving Civs: England (me), Germany (human), Persia (human), Russia, France, Arabia, Scandinavia. Power rankings: 1. England 2. Arabia (though declining), 3. France 4. Russia 5. Germany 6. Persia 7. Scandinavia Score: 1. Arabs (declining) 2. England 3. France 4. Persia 5. Russia 6. Germany 7. Scandinavia Difficulty: Monarch Map size: Large/Continents/70%/normal Year: ~ 1750 Geography: England has a small island off the coast of Europe all to itself; "Europe" is where France, Scandinavia, and Russia live. Germany is a mid-sized island by itself, between Europe and "Asia" (where the Persians, Arabs, and the former Zulus live). England controls the home island, as well as a series of "stepping stone" islands leading up to the French coast, as well as Grenoble (a vital city I took from France a long time ago that has both coal AND oil), a group of islands (whimsically named the "Azores") north of Germany, 1/2 way between Europe and Asia, and a chunk of former Zululand I took from the dogpile on the Zulus. Recently, I just completed a war against the Arabs where I secured additional oil resources. I have a forbidden palace in the former Zululand, so corruption isn't too awfully bad there, especially once courthouses are built. The problem is that I just recently entered the modern era, and need some time and money to build up the new holdings in "Asia" and to get back in the technology game. France already has Rocketry, and has built up a sizeable air force and is starting to crank out tanks. (France is also engaged in a war against Russia...I think Russia is also building tanks). Germany will get a free Modern Era tech as soon as he discovers Flight (which I believe he's going for now). I'm wondering if it'd be worth the "down time" to go to a revolution to get to Democracy. I have an empire spread out over the world, so any reduction of corruption on the fringes will be a great help. I thought about COmmunism, but (a) the only people I'm in a position to fight are Persia and Arabia, (b) this game appears headed to a space victory or diplomatic win (and given all the fighting and backstabbing that's been going on, I doubt I'll win that), and it's likely that a quick capital-grab war against France or Germany will be necessary at some point to stop a space launch. Opinions? Is it worth a gov't switch this late in the game (and risk a 7 turn anarchy)?