So after re-launching a new nation...
("Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in!")
... I decided to try something different. I was tired of alliances. I wanted independence. How long could I survive in a wild world without protection? The easiest way to do this, sans safe mode, I figured was to idle under the radar just biding my time selling tech. And in some sense, why bother building a nation, when only by sneak attacking and having superior numbers can you ever take advantage of being a little above in NS, since there will always be someone above you. Without the protection of an alliance, you are just meat ready for raiding. By staying at the bottom, I have a better grasp of the combat system than most noobs and with some money socked away, can war for a long time if need be.
Anyway, to make a long story short. I just purchased my first wonder. Having never risen above 300 infra. All on tech selling money.
It took 8 months.
Not certain, but that might be a first in CN. If not a first, pretty rare, I'm sure.
I had it 4 months ago, but I did finally get raided. (2 days before my purchase.)
Took another 4 months to save up enough scratch again.
In 8 months made about 7 mil., paid 3 in bills. but I bought a 30 mil. wonder. So not even breaking 300 infra and I have been nuked and bought a wonder. Maybe a first?