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, 2013 at 9:26
  • is there anyway from stopping them from settling right on my border other than war? peace not war bro Mar 1, 2013 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, 2013 at 13:27
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    @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, 2013 at 15:35
  • It also depends on how the AI civilizations expand, some civilizations don't build many cities and it is much safer to not be so militant on your borders.
    – Rapida
    Mar 1, 2013 at 17:02

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