1 AD: (t350) Your wars should have ended ~t300 (on a standard map) probably earlier for Small. You need a huge stable empire complete before corporations. Speaking of corps, I aim to spread both Sushi and Mining by 1 AD. You don't have any island cities! This is especially painful when you're running Merc. You have way too much cash! Hold on. No, you can never have too much cash. The problem is you're not using enough cash. You're only using -55 gpt at 100% research. If you had ~40 cities, you'd see 2000-3000 beakers instead of only 1000. You should be burning 100's of gold per turn. It mostly boils down to one thing: faster conquest. That gives you the gold to fuel research and then dozens of cities cause beakers to explode.