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?


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 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
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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 '13 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 '13 at 17:02

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