For example, they get mad at you when you ask them to stop spying at them, and also get mad when you catch one of their spies. They get mad when you vote against their propositions and vote against yours all the time. They spread their religion all the time but doing the same to them gets them mad. They settle near you and asking them to stop makes you mad, but god forbid you settle near them. Is it possible to disable this? I'm open to mods.

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    I don't think so. Maybe a mod could do it, but I think that's just the way they are meant to be, to make the game harder.
    – SaintSix_
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 18:16
  • It's not harder it just makes it more annoying (in my opinion)
    – Jon
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 18:16
  • Well, harder and annoying. Side effect.
    – SaintSix_
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 18:18
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    Sadly, Civ 5 politics are meant to simulate real-world politics. So you might be stuck with this.
    – Zibbobz
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 18:25
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    You're assuming the AI cares about you being mad at it. This is not the case. Interaction with the AI has either a positive or negative effect on their view towards you, and for all the things you've listed it makes sense that the effect would be negative.
    – TZHX
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 18:29

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Unfortunately the AIs in Civ 5 are always looking out for themselves and are unlikely to make any effort to not disrupt you. If it benefits them they're going to do it.

The only things you can really trust they wont do is go to war with you if you have a Declaration of Friendship (unless of course you attack first). You can't even count on them to vote for you in the World Council unless you buy their votes.

I don't have any evidence of this, but I think some of it also has to do with the AIs personality. Agressive AIs are probably more likely to break promises, while diplomatic AIs are more likely to follow through with a promise for its duration(30 turns). After that you're fair game again though.

I'm fairly certian I've even caught spys in my citys from Civs I was allied with...

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    If you don't spy on your allies, how are you supposed to know if/when they're planning to betray you? It's perfectly logical. Also: shifty and untrusting. Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 4:23
  • Generally the backstabbing and hypocrisy increases if they senses that you're about to win. And there's nothing much you could really do about that.
    – Calyth
    Commented Mar 21, 2014 at 20:41

Unfortunately, this behavior is by design, and there's no real way to mod it out of the game as far as I'm aware. The lead designer for Civ 5 even lamented this in a Kickstarter update for his post-Civ5 game:

My original goal was for the AI leaders to act human. But humans are ambiguous, moody and sometimes just plain crazy.

In Civ 5, you might have been lifelong allies with a leader, but once you enter the late-game he has no qualms backstabbing you in order to win. With this being the case, what's the point of investing in relationships at all?

By no means should AI leaders be completely predictable. However, they do need a clear rhyme and reason behind their actions. The computer opponents in Civ 5 were completely enslaved to their gameplay situation, and as a result they appeared random and very little of their personalities shone through.

They were all crazy, and in the exact same way. In the months after the game was released I modified their behavior to be more predictable, but it was too late to completely change course.

The AI plays to win, and all of its choices are designed around what gets it ahead in the current situation. In practice, this means that the AI is going to react aggressively to everything it views as threatening, and will turn right around and make threatening gestures towards you, while not caring if it upsets you in turn.

There's very little give-and-take with the AI. Plan on war frequently. Don't play to appease the AI - there is no appeasing it for any length of time.

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