If I have a race in decline and choose to decline my current race, do I score both races or just the new race in decline? I am assuming that just the new race, since we (normally) cannot have two races in decline.

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You are correct, when you choose to decline your current race, the previous markers of the previous race in decline are immediately removed and not scored (Unless of course the previous race in decline has the Spirit special power.)

See Entering in Decline on page 6 of the rulebook. Emphasis mine.

Each player can only have a single race In Decline on the map at any given time. If the player still has tokens from an earlier In Decline race left on the map, those are all immediately removed from the map and placed back in the storage tray, before flipping the new tokens into Decline.

The Race banner of the now vanished race is placed at the bottom of the stack of Race banners, or in the lowest empty slot in the banner column, if any. The same is also done when the last token of a race In Decline is wiped off the map as the result of their last Region being conquered.

The player can make no conquests during the turn his race goes into decline; his turn ends immediately after scoring! He gains 1 Victory coin for each Region his newly In Decline tokens occupy, but unless stated otherwise, he scores no Victory coins from his now In Decline Race banner power or discarded Special Power benefits.

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    "(Unless of course the previous race in decline has the Spirit special power.)" Or if the current race, going into decline, has the Spirit special power.
    – Bill Nace
    Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 17:23

This is an incorrect answer since the rule for Stout says you go In Decline "after scoring." This means you would score your previously In Decline race normally and then remove them from the board.

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    That's true for Stout races, but regular races go into decline before scoring. Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 8:10
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    Welcome to the site, and thanks for your input. On this site, each Answer should stand alone - if you want to mention this exception about Stout races, you should first give the answer for other races as well. If you just want to comment on another answer, after getting a little reputation you'll be able to leave comments like this one (which don't have to be stand-alone answers). Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 14:56
  • Also, if there are several answers, it can ambiguous what answer "this" refers to. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 23:56

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