Instead of thinking does this make the game less tedious for me. Which is on the Micro level.
I'm thinking how does this change the game. A macro level.
If this is implemented I will be the guy with the 120 9k cities packed with full nukes. Don't doubt that. I'm not complaining; just trying to think about how the game will be different.
Will it be more fun?
Is it going to grow the community?
no, I disagree, there is no benefit to not having this feature. It will just allow more players to utilize their farming villages better, plain and simple. Gold is easy to come by with trading.