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TRADE AND TRIBUTE

HUMANS are trusted diplomats and canny traders Trade: By exchanging trade goods with your opponents, you are actually receiving needed resources that will increase your total income while improving your relations with the race that you are trading with. As long as you are not actively engaged in a war with a race, you will be able to trade with them.

By signing a trade treaty, you agree to exchange a specified amount each year, up to 25% of the lesser player’s production total. Both players then receive a percentage return based on the number of years the treaty has been established.

Since establishing trade requires an initial investment for organizing patrolled trade routes and establishing customs, your income from a trade treaty begins at –30% of the treaty amount. Each turn thereafter, your trade income increases by +0–5%, so you usually do not generate a positive income until after 10–12 years. The trade revenues are then divided up among your planets in proportion to their productions. Your income percentage continues to increase until it reaches a maximum of 100% of the treaty amount. Humans get an additional +25% on all trade returns.

For example, you could control two planets that have a combined production total of 500 BC while your neighbor has three planets with a production total of 400 BC. The maximum that you could trade would then be 100 BC per turn (25% of your neighbor’s production). You both agree to exchange the maximum. After twenty turns the percentage return has reached 25%, indicating that you and your neighbor are making a profit of 25 BC per turn from the trade. The profits are distributed proportionally among your planets. If one of your planets was producing 200 BC per year and the other 300 BC per year, the first would receive 10 BC trade profit and the second 15 BC profit.

If an already existing treaty is in effect, the percentage return begins as the average of your current return and –30%. This new return rate is then applied to the new treaty amount. For example, you have a trade agreement for 100 BC per year, currently at a 50% return rate and you establish a new agreement for 200 BC a year. The percentage return becomes 10% (the average of 50% and –30%), applied to the new treaty amount of 200 BC, generating a trade income of 20 BC. The return rate continues to grow again at +0–5% per turn, until reaching 100% of the new amount.

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