Originally posted by Zeviz
This has made a war with Templars inevitable. So the only question now is whether we fight them on our terms, or their terms. In light of this, I would take Swiss' thought even further: Instead of getting into cultural conflict over Templar borders, I'd suggest settling the best city sites we have, and beelining Maces. If we have to fight them anyway, we might as well do it after getting a much stronger economy, instead of wasting resources on culture conflicts.
The only reason to settle original Twin Peaks is for it to serve as forward base for our troops. However, we first need troops to deploy there, and before we start training troops, we need to found several good cities. So my suggested course of action is:
1. Settle the Marble spot. Templars can waste time clearing the jungle at Stone spot themselves. The stone city would be good in long run, but we want strong economy in the short run.
2. Quickly settle any other good city sites we have. Don't bother with fishing villages, border outposts, etc. Just places that can help economy or train troops.
3. After Monarchy, research towards Machinery, buying CS from PAL. (Or research CS, buying Machinery from PAL.)
4. Upgrade axes to maces and come to get our Iron.
EDIT: The best thing about this situation is that it gives us casus beli(sp?) to attack Templars in the future. We were considering that course of action anyway, and this will help us decrease diplomatic fallout.