Here is a guide on how the various Stats and Priorities of a Nation Interact.
The Guide is a work in progress because I am writing it in large part to figure things out for myself!
– Increase Number of Control Points
– Increase Difficulty of All Hostile Operations
– Research Output
– Number of Investment points
– worsens Climate Change
– it is easier to list the things not directly affect by it, directly or indirectly.
– High Population
– High Per Capita Income
– High Unrest
– Climate Change
– Wars, even if you yourself are not a combatant
– Nuclear Detonations, even if not being hit yourself
– other countries GDP growing
Perhaps the most important stat of any nation, small or large.
As the owner, you want it as high as possible.
As a enemy of the owner, you want to tank it. This will make the nation much easier to attack and result in your enemy having less resource to attack you with in turn.
Even as a neutral party, you may not want this to go high, as any increase in other countries GDP is probably going to be bad for your GDP.
– lowers Investment Points from Economy by 10% for every 1 point above 2.
– lowers Research
– lowers defense against Hostile Actions
– may cause a Coup not aligned with any faction
– values >0 directly lower effectiveness of Military Investment
– 4 Represents Strife, 5 a Insurgency, 6 a Guerilla War, 8 a Insurrection, 9 a open Civil War
– Cohesion under 5, especially near 0
– Investment into Military, Especially in Autocracies
– Cohesion above 5
A core stat to keeping or taking a nation.
– As a owner you ideally want this at 0-2. Everything beyond 2 will cost you Investment Points, making all your Priorities directly less effective.
– As a enemy you may want this high, as that makes it easier to take the nation. Unfortunately, it also makes it easier to loose the nation just next Agent Phase. Nevermind the Economic Damage from high Unrest. Pushing this has a high danger of burning the country down
However, the middle value is always bad.
– working Democracies
– caused by Investment in Knowledge
– Better Economy Priority
– decreases Spoils target
– pushes cohesion towards 5, the stable rest point
– caused by Investment into Unity
– increased by Spoils
– pushes cohesion towards 10, the maximum
– Better Unrest reduction from Military Investment
– impose a strong “Censorship” penalty to Public Campaigns
You want this value to be one of the extremes!
– Democracy is more useful for a Science Focused Nation, with a good Education and a Cohesion dragging towards 5.
– Autocracy gives inherent cohesion which makes unrest less likely, while also making you resistant to public campaigns. However, unless cohesion is near the top, the Spoils Target might be a issue
– the middle value of Anocracy drastically reduces cohesion, making it mandatory to decide between both extremes – and avoid falling out of them
– increase the amount of Investment points that have to be funneled into Spoils
– Insufficcient investment into Spoils increases Vulnerability to Coups
– Investment into Spoils also increases Climate Change, decreases Equality, increases the spoils target and pushes the government towards Authoritarianism
– running the Spoils Priority
– exceptionally high (Autocracy Level) cohesion
– Education and Democracy
As a general rule, High Spoils targets are the foe of everyone.
As the owner, ignoring it risks Coups. Actually investing makes the problem worse and causes more climate change, which affects everyones GDP – and costs you a large percentage of your investment points!
As the enemy of the owner, it still increases Climate change and thus affects your GDP.
It can be a tool to quickly get some money and/or push a nation towards autocracy, with the hopes high cohesion will solve it long term. It can be a tool to “salt the land”, if the plan is to give up those control points anyway and limit the dangers of another Faction grabbing them. But if the new owner does not fight it, that just made Climate Change worse.
– How much each priority selection point is worth
– everything lowering GDP
– Unrest is a major factor, potentially wiping out nearly the entire production
– having Armies
– deploying armies outside their home region
– having navies
As a general rule, you want this value high. The higher, the better – as that simply makes all your other priorities more powerful. However, increasing this value is done via the things that increase GDP – which all might have a trade-off.
– the amount of money your Faction can get out of the Nations economy
– Funding Priority*
– holding more control points
– Spoils Priority
*This increase is permanent. Additionally, nations with more then 1 Control Point generally come with 1 Level of Funding per CP already pre-exeuted. This makes them high sought after.
– having Control Points under Crackdown
– the default values is 0, if nothing has been invested
Thanks to zgrssd for his excellent guide, all credit to his effort. if this guide helps you, please support and rate it via Steam Community. enjoy the game.
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