Since your last post I've been running my cities at Fervent, or FERVENT because Endless Legend loves its block caps.
Anyway, god, I keep losing track of time on this. I finally GET the 'one more turn' thing.
91 turns in and things are getting heavy now, in a good way.
I had a trade agreement going with this nearby faction but I don't fully understand trade yet so it never came to anything. Things were good with her until another faction, the 'Morgawr' (I decided to go in with all the DLC turned on), started stirring stuff up.
I'm sure we were in a state of cold war and it put some sort of cursed 'Black Spot' on my faction which means my lands have been a free for all, with no diplomatic repercussions for other factions attacking my units on my turf. The only way of removing it is asking and that costs me influence and there's nothing to say it won't throw another at me. I also noticed Morgawr was pillaging (and razing?) nearby minor factions and was poking around my territory, by land and sea.
Anyway, I spotted some pearls on its patch so I sent some shamans over to grab them quick and a turn later it wasn't pleased and closed its borders. I didn't close mine at first but warned it, just in case I decided to. It dismissed me so I closed them.
A few turns later one of my pacified minor factions dissented and I lost assimilation of them which in turn caused a quest to fail. I wondered what had caused this and it turns out the Morgawr have 'Seeds of Dissent' that they plant to cause all kinds of trouble from afar. Bastards.
I then spotted a Morgawr army approaching and it was on its way to pillage this same minor faction village, and despite me closing my borders too. I raised as strong an army as I could and attacked before I lost the village for good. We prevailed with minimal losses but it was enough to sever the diplomatic ties with my trading neighbour.
I think we're all on the brink of war now so I'm redirecting all my resources to try and take out Morgawr's nearby regions before it fucks me over royally. Hopefully I've kept some sort of pace with my enemies because the diplomacy screen says they're unafraid/dismissive of me. One is jealous of my global standing so I'm obviously doing something right.
Anyway, I'm really digging it. I've got more to say but I'll leave that for another time.