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I'm pretty new to Civilization, but I'm getting the hang of the rules I think. Recently, I had a settler and was going to have him create a city in this narrow strip land, but was told I couldn't settle a city within 4 spaces of another city. I interpreted that as "not within 4 spaces of the boundary of ANY city (even other players)... but I think I got that wrong because Russia just settled a city right on my border... so can anyone explain what specifically is meant by this rule?

Also, is there anyway to stop Russia's settler without going to war with them?

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It is from the actual city tile, not the border of the city. So, Russia can build adjacent to your border as long as that border does not fall within 4 tiles of one of your cities.

enter image description here On the city state's border

enter image description here Suddenly a wild city appears

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upvoted for the second caption :D – Izzy Mar 1 '13 at 9:26
is there anyway from stopping them from settling right on my border other than war? peace not war bro – Josh Mar 1 '13 at 12:44
You can ask them not to settle near you, but I have yet to see it make a huge difference. – Rapida Mar 1 '13 at 13:27
@Josh: If you feel like this answer covered your question pretty well you can click the accept answer to note this was what you considered the most helpful answer for any future readers. Not a requirement, but a best practice :) – Rapida Mar 1 '13 at 14:14
@Josh To keep them from settling near you, lots of culture and don't accept open borders. Or just preemptively settle everywhere. – aslum Mar 1 '13 at 15:35

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