One of the thing that makes this game tremendously less fun for me is that I have to deal with the AI's idiocy towards monsters. As I said in Tuidjy's thread, at this point I would almost prefer a toggle to let the AI be ignored by monsters.
The AI does not care about monsters when it places it cities. The problem is not that the AI is ignored by the monsters, the problem is that the AI activates them off their lairs all of a sudden a group 3 skaths shows up right next to one of my cities, through no fault of mine, and burns it to the ground.
Please, either make the AI more nuanced when it deals with creatures, or just have them ignore the AI so the player doesn't have too contend with the side effects with the bad choices that the AI makes.