You are in the Government Despotism when you first start the game . Your workers are annoyingly slow, so immediately research the lowest two branches of the tree in Ancient World to get the Monarchy Government. Your worker speed doubles, and you can Hurry anything except a Small or Great Wonder by spending gold, not population. Play normally until you can get the Democracy Government in the Middle Ages era. Worker speed goes up 1.5 times. What used to take you six rounds now only requires four. After that, play normally until you get to the Modern World. There is no reason to choose Communism, except for Police Stations (which you do not need to be Communist to build). Basically you can actually not research Communism. Instead, choose Fascism Government. It speeds your workers up again. What takes three rounds in Democracy only takes two in Fascism. This is the fastest that you can get. The speed ratings are as follows.