It is very important that your kingdom has a well functioning economy.
The fundamental principles are explained here.
7.1 Income from provinces
Every province that your kingdom controls gives income from taxes
and mines. Normally a province gives 2 gold with these exceptions:
Forest provinces populated by elves and grassland provinces populated
by humans give 4 gold each.
- Water provinces not populated by ducks and mountains not populated
by dwarves give 0 gold.
- Unpopulated provinces do not give any income (Except if there is
a mine in the province).
If there is a mine in the province, it will give some extra income.
See the technology mining for numbers.
Some structures in the provinces cost gold to maintain,
this is drawn from your income.
Then you have to pay a lot of gold to administrate this income.
See 14.0 Tables and formulas,
administration cost for details. About half of your income
will go to administration, but less for small kingdoms and more
for great ones. You may always keep 25 % of an income increase
(Except for some of the very small increases).
7.3 Income from towns
Then your towns pay their taxes.
This means that no administration cost is paid for this income.
7.4 Expenditure for armies
Your armies cost a lot to maintain. An army (normal army, sky_castle
or whatever) in your own or allied territory costs 2 gold to maintain
and other armies 4 gold. Mounted armies cost 4 and 5 gold
respectively. Orc kingdoms pay 1 gold less for armies in enemy
land. A town_guard costs only 1 gold to maintain.
If your kingdom's gold now becomes negative, it only means that your
soldiers have to wait to get paid. They will not desert and they will
not starve this turn. If there is no gold for them after your orders
are made next turn they will however begin to desert. The chance that
an army will desert is one percent per negative gold your kingdom
has. If that happen it will just dissappear (And you do not have to
pay for maintaince that turn, you lucky bastard...).
7.5 Gold is saved
If there is any gold left, you may use it to build things or
develop new technologies. If the gold is negative, your soldiers
will remember this and take their payment later.
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