I am playing in the 'noble' difficulty level. Everything's OK until when some of my opponents start crbbing about my trade deals with some other party, demanding that I cancel my deals. It is a trend I have noticed that they always demand me to stop trading with someone with whom I have very good relation, mainly because we have exchanged resources and have the same relation. I think that is a strategy of the computer components to start war, surely when I refuse, they declare war on me after I refuse them 2-3 times. How to deal with such situations? And what is the best way to respond when a civilization with whom I have a neutral stand, demand to stop trading with my best friend in the game or demand secrets of a new technology. I have also seen that when they offer to exchange technologies, they always offer lower techs, specially Manse Musa (malinese) and Montezuma (Aztec). If I refuse, then they always declare war. I have also seen that when I go for early expansion, economy gets stifled, as a result science research percentage takes a beating and takes many turns more, so I am not leading my opponents. If I slow down in expansion, then my opponents always seem to occupy valuable resources like horse, iron, copper, ivory, stone, marble, etc. Early I always use the civics like slavery, organised religion and the like, which have medium upkeep. I know very few people here play this game, but I am looking forward to some tips from those who have played it. I have checked out the www.civfanatics.com forums, but there is nothing satisfactory regarding these diplomatic strategies. Thanks in advance, people and please reply soon.