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Thursday, May 05, 2005 - 08:12 am Click here to edit this post
It seems whenever the FI calculations are changed, something about it is fucked up. This isn't to blame w3c--it's not their fault that nothing works. This is just to point out the fault of the current scheme. Maybe a slightly less flawed scheme can be made when considering the flaws of prior schemes.

One of the countries in my empire currently has a FI of about 180. Problem is that I have too few schools, too few hospitals, too little transportation infrastructure--basically, it's going thru growing pains--AND I CAN'T AFFORD THE INFRASTRUCTURE, EITHER. In just a few game months it has more than tripled in size to almost 30M population. While I am able to supply the manpower to build most of the infrastructure to levels above the Civil Unrest limit, I can't supply the money as readily. I am building the infrastructure heavily, but as I am, it should affect the FI more. It does have a small effect--as new infrastructure is built, the long-term fixed costs are slowly increasing, slightly decreasing the FI, but that is not enough.

I'm making money at a pace far above my fixed costs (hence the high FI), but my dynamic costs (i.e. hospitals, schools, transportation, and to a lesser extent, military) far exceed my moneymaking rate. If I increase my moneymaking rate, that will further increase the FI, and risks for civil unrest along with it. But if I decrease my moneymaking rate, I won't be able to afford the infrastructure.

It is probably better to have fixed costs as the primary cost used to compute FI, but dynamic costs need to be a part of the equation as well. Now, for a proposal for something that might be better than the current system, if implemented correctly. 28% of current month's dynamic costs + 24% of last month's dynamic costs + 19% of the previous month's dynamic costs + 14% of the previous month's dynamic costs + 10% of the previous month's dynamic costs + 5% of the previous month's dynamic costs + current month's fixed costs = Cost Input for FI calculation. This is as opposed to the current situation of current month's fixed costs = Cost Input for FI calculation.

As proposed, it spreads the cost of the purchase over a 6 month period, with the impact decreasing over time. The FI will rebound fairly quickly (2 rl days), since it won't remember any large purchases made over 6 months ago. Since the full cost is accounted for over a period, there will be a dip in the FI due to large purchases, but the dip will be no larger than 28% of the cost of purchase. I believe this is approximately as it should be--FI is supposed to be an index that keeps track of income and spending, right? My country would not be experiencing some of its growing pains if this method was adopted. And countries where few large purchases are made would hardly be affected at all.

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