While recently playing a game of Civilization 5 (with Gods & Kings) I seem to have run across a bug with the cultural borders. In the image below the city of Budapest is surrounded by the borders of the Ethiopian empire, which no longer exists. Originally Budapest was a city-state that was conquered by Rome. The Ethiopians and I went to war with Rome shortly after, and while I took out the Roman cities Ethiopia went and took Budapest.

Eventually I conquered the Ethiopians, but for some reason the Ethiopian border continues to persist around Budapest. Any idea how I can fix this? The Great Artists won't let me culture bomb the squares, so that is out.

stuck border

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    FYI, in Gods and Kings the Great Artist's Culture Bomb has been completely removed (so it's not part of the bug here). The border-grabbing has instead been added as an effect when a Great General builds a citadel.
    – DMA57361
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 6:59
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    @DMA57361 Ah, well, that explains that. I'll have to give the Generals a try then.
    – Xantec
    Commented Aug 30, 2012 at 11:51
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    that is the weirdest thing i have ever seen on Civ 5
    – Paralytic
    Commented Nov 27, 2012 at 21:09
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    Did you try closing and opening the save? Are you sure it's not a glitch in how the borders are displayed?
    – dlras2
    Commented Aug 16, 2013 at 19:37
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    @hammythepig Unfortunately I no longer have the save file to attempt this fix. At the time I used great generals to absorb the territory with fortresses.
    – Xantec
    Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 18:38

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You need to close and reopen the save. Its a glitch; I had the same problem. It's from not being downloaded properly.

  • Why the downvote? We don't know if this is the answer, has OP even tried it? Commented Jan 14, 2016 at 18:13

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