I can also add that you can pick "installed by CIA" and the other trait that adds either $2000 starting money or +$2000 annually to speed things up a lot. It allows to quick build and get priests and doctors right when it starts. I also issued the nuke edict right at the beginning each time. another trick is to issue the print money edict once your minister of economy arrives. My best finish was Nov 1952, and never finished past Oct 1953 - so thanks for the idea it worked great for me.