This new thread pulls together data on Civ2 Trade Route formulas from several previous posters and threads, most
importantly the How to Maximize Trade Between Two Cities:
How To Maximize Trade Between Two Cities? The Basic Formula comes from the Civ2 Manual; the Multipliers and their order are based on Samson's
Calculating Caravan and Freight Delivery Payments
This thread attempts to formalize the "ongoing" Trade Routes, not the one-time Caravan/Freight Delivery Bonus.
All multiplication and division are Civ2 integer math: remainders are dropped.
T1 and T2 are "Total Base Trade Arrows" of Source and Dest cities
|Base Trade Modifiers|
|-1||in Despotism for each tile that has >2 trade arrows|
|+1||for each land tile with River|
|+1||for each road on Grass/Plains/Desert tile|
|+1||for each road on tiles with >0 arrows ("special" tiles or rivered)|
|+1||in Rep, Dem, or Celeb-King/-Commy/-Fundy for each tile >0 arrows|
|+1||for Colossus for each tile >0 arrows|
|x1.5||with SuperHighways for each land tile >0 arrows with road/railroad|
|x???||Base Trade Corruption Loss|
(apply in order listed, discarding remainders)
|NO Map Size multiplier|
|1). (x???) Secondary Corruption Loss (first or last?)|
|NO Different Continent multiplier|
|2). (x0.5) Same Civ multiplier|
|NO FreightVsCaravan multiplier|
|NO Demand multiplier, just Dem/Sup blocking effects|
|3). Transportation multiplier(add together before multiplying?)|
|+50% for KeyRoad Source->(alt: StationCity; limit: 22), OR<7td>|
|+100% for KeyRR Source->>Dest|
|+50% for SuperHighways in Source city (increases BaseTrade too)|
|(NO+100% for SH in both cities, just Dest Base Trade increase)|
|+50% for Airports in both cities, same or diff continent|
NOTE: Airports Factor superceded by RD/RR Factor!
|Rules of Thumb|
|BEST||Same Continent KeyRR with SH to AI city||+150%|
|NEXT||Diff Continent SH, AP to AI city with AP||+100%|
|SAME||Same Continent KeyRD with SH to AI city||+100%|
|OWN||Same Continent KeyRR with SH||+075%|
Once a city has 3 Trade Routes a new delivery may replace one of the existing routes. If a route already exists to the Destination city, the commodity listed will be changed to the newer commodity. If a route to the Destination city does not exist, the computer compares the Base Trade values of all existing plus new Destination cities and keeps the routes to the cities with the three highest values. Multipliers are ignored in comparing Trade Routes for replacement. To keep from replacing an existing Trade Route with higher multipliers (such as replacing a TR to AI city with one to domestic city), lower the Base Trade value of the new city below the values of existing cities (of course, this will lower the Bonus Payment amount some, but if the Destination city is the SSC/STC with over 100 trade arrows the difference may be small). Rule of Thumb for trade arrows in AI cities is 1 per citizen in Desp/Mon/Commy/Fundy, 1.5 in Rep/Dem.
HELP! - I need help checking these formulas. First of all, I cannot find any Corruption Loss formulas that
differentiate between Base Trade and Trade Routes. SlowThinker's thread on Corruption lumps it all together,
but my testing indicates there are two factors involved. Secondly, I don't have enough testing to prove the
order of multipliers and the additive nature of the Transportation multiplier - I just took that from
Samson's thread. I need players to apply these formulas as specified in their own games and post here any anomalies.
Please post save games with a description of the deviation issue being challenged. "I'm pretty sure..." will not be accepted.
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