In a recent game a certain city-state became angry with me, and from that point onward I could not enter the territory of the city-state, it showed it in red, just like trying to enter mountains or deep-ocean tiles in early game. This behavior persisted after the city-state returned to neutral state. It was never friends with me. I could enter the territories of other city-states just fine.

I've found this thread on civfanatics where a user encountered the exact same phenomena, but the participants there could not find any explanation.

Is it a bug? If it isn't, why does this happen, how can I prevent it, and can I restore the ability to move through that territory?

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    I think I've seen this too. My money is on bug. – bwarner Sep 22 '11 at 14:06
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    The territory of neutral Powers is inviolable. - "Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in Case of War on Land (Hague V)" (1907), Article 1 – Martin Sojka Sep 22 '11 at 14:11
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    Have you tried declaring war? It sounds like this uppity city-state deserves what's coming to it. – Mike Oct 24 '11 at 23:30
  • Are they in an Alliance with a civilization you're at war with? – Strategem Dec 30 '11 at 4:09
  • @jmee if they were, they'd automatically be in war with me... – Oak Dec 30 '11 at 9:25

I and a handful of other people on the Civfanatics forums have seen this, but only with ships being unable to enter water tiles of a CS. It appears very rare and to be a bug with the game. None of us were able to determine a way to resolve this within the active game.

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