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Capacities, the game's "currencies" as shown on the top-left corner near the nation's flag.

Capacities are three of the four main "currencies" in the game (with Hud money.png money as the fourth). Each capacity represents one specific area of the nation's ability to govern and is used solely for matters relating to that area.

Generation and usage[edit | edit source]

Capacities are not pooled resources, instead having a constant generation and usage. The methods of generation and uses vary by capacity, as outlined in the following sections. Generally, certain society technologies provide percentage increases to capacities, as do certain happy interest groups, certain monuments and some event modifiers. All countries have a base of +100 of each capacity.

Beyond their direct uses, each capacity provides a benefit if generation exceeds usage (surplus) and a penalty if usage exceeds generation (deficit). The benefit of a surplus or penalty of a deficit is scaled by the relative size of the surplus or deficit compared to total generation of that capacity, with the maximum benefit when usage is half or less of generation, or maximum penalty when usage is twice or more of generation.

Most actions requiring a certain amount of a capacity cannot be taken unless that much is currently available; however most actions are not automatically cancelled by a deficit.

Capacity types[edit | edit source]

Bureaucracy[edit | edit source]

Hud bureaucracy.png Bureaucracy represents a nation's governing ability, including taxation, institutions, and trade. It is generated by the Building government administration.png Government Administration building.

Bureaucracy is used by incorporated states, with a small base amount and then scaled by population. It is also used for institutions, again scaled by the population of incorporated states. Finally, bureaucracy is used for trade routes (waived with a Trade Agreement) and retaining generals and admirals.

A bureaucracy deficit causes countrywide tax waste, up to 100% at full deficit; a bureaucracy surplus increases construction efficiency in all states, up to 10% at full surplus.

Authority[edit | edit source]

Hud authority.png Authority represents the head of state's personal power and ability to enact change in the country through decree. It is generated by the country's laws – generally, the more repressive and authoritarian the country, the more authority it generates. The popularity of a country's ruler also generates authority – or reduces it if unpopular.

Laws affecting authority
Category Law Effect
Governance Principles Monarchy +200
Presidential Republic +100
Parliamentary Republic 0
Theocracy +200
Council Republic 0
Chiefdom +100
Distribution of Power Autocracy +200
Oligarchy +100
Elder Council +200
Landed Voting +100
Wealth Voting +100
Census Suffrage +50
Universal Suffrage 0
Anarchy −50%
Church and State State Religion +200
Freedom of Conscience +100
Total Separation 0
Citizenship Ethnostate +200
National Supremacy +200
Racial Segregation +100
Cultural Exclusion +50
Multiculturalism 0
Economic System Command Economy +25%
Other economy laws
Trade Policy Isolationism +50%
Other trade laws
Free Speech Outlawed Dissent +200
Censorship +100
Right of Assembly +50
Protected Speech 0

Authority is used for the following actions:

  • Enacting decrees – base cost: 100 Authority per decree
  • Bolstering or suppressing interest groups – base cost: 200 Authority per interest group
  • Enacting consumption taxes – varies from 500 to 100 Authority depending on the good

An authority deficit reduces the approval of opposition interest groups, up to −10 at full deficit; an authority surplus reduces law enactment time, up to −25% at full surplus.

Influence[edit | edit source]

Hud influence.png Influence represents a country's ability to conduct diplomacy. It is generated primarily from the country's rank (great powers have more base influence than major powers and so on). Rivalries and certain monuments also provide extra influence.

Each rank provides a certain amount of influence as well as affecting the base cost of diplomatic actions and pacts.

Rank Influence Diplomatic pact cost
Great power.png Great power 1000 +100%
Major power.png Major power 750 +50%
Unrecognized major power 750
Minor power.png Minor power 600
Unrecognized regional power 600 −25%
Insignificant power.png Insignificant power 500
Unrecognized power 500 −50%

Diplomacy is used to support ongoing diplomatic actions and pacts, such as improving relations, alliances, trade deals, subjects, and so on. The cost of diplomatic actions and pacts are modified by the rank of the target country as in the table above.

An influence deficit reduces prestige, up to −50% at full deficit; an influence surplus increases infamy decay, up to 25% at full surplus.

References[edit | edit source]