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In Civ 5, are Declarations of Friendship worth it?

Being somebody's friend is good because it gets you better trade agreements. Super. But it's also dangerous, as I've experienced too many times, because if my friend ever find a reason to denounce me then suddenly everyone hates me. Because of this I rarely accept friendship requests any more, and I never offer them myself.

Plus, friends tend to ask for favors once in a while. :(

My question is, in which situations would I want to be somebody's friend? Should I try to make friends with warmongering civs that wouldn't frown upon my warmongering? Should I try to become friends with far-away civilizations that are unlikely to find any reason to denounce me? Should I prefer to be friends with a stronger civilization, or a weaker one? etc.

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    Similar to gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/14828/… – bwarner Jul 13 '11 at 20:51
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    Perhaps a title change to: "Why would I want to be anybody's friend?" – Raven Dreamer Jul 13 '11 at 21:40
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    @bwarner I would go so far as to say this question is a duplicate. – Wipqozn Jul 14 '11 at 18:10
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    @bwarner There will never be close votes if people wait on others. Remember that if no one agrees, then the close vote will harmlessly age away, so don't be afraid to cast the first vote. – Grace Note Jul 15 '11 at 12:47
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    The obvious answer would be, "the day after he wins the lottery" – DrFish Sep 15 '11 at 6:36

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