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Finances and Annoyed (White Giant)

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Reziun (White Giant)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 03:24 am Click here to edit this post
So I currently have 5 countries, and yes I am a new player. I don't mind having the countries, I actually feel they aren't too hard to manage. But I do still have a problem.

All of my countries are turning a profit, yet they all keep losing cash. If my Profit/Loss for the last month was in the positives, shouldn't that mean I get more cash?

This part is very confusing and annoying, as I have practically zeroed out my military and budget, I've dropped social security, made sure my companies were at 100% for hire and various other things.

I don't understand why I'm still losing money while making profit...

President M (Little Upsilon)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 05:44 am Click here to edit this post
Sounds like your purchases somewhere, the auto ordering strategies might be set too high. If you take a look on your finance page it will show you our cash flow for the country including purchases and improvements (Which don't count as profit or loss as they are capital expenditures) see if you have any large items there.

If you see very large spending on materials purchases you might want to check your order strategies.

Reziun (White Giant)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:20 pm Click here to edit this post
Alright, let me turn off automatic purchasing of all military items, and see where that gets me :D

YourOnlyFriend (Fearless Blue)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 02:40 pm Click here to edit this post
I don't see how that has anything to do with it Reziun. You have to buy those supplies anyway.

Crafty (Fearless Blue)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 06:15 pm Click here to edit this post
You dont have to buy military and that is very likely the reason for losing money.

YourOnlyFriend (Little Upsilon)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 07:27 pm Click here to edit this post
Well, CC. I would like to know why my country is still buying supplies even when I don't have the weapons. Maybe I'll turn that off too in certain countries.

Crafty (Kebir Blue)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 08:23 pm Click here to edit this post
I'm confused here. What supplies? Obviously a country buys it citizens needs, but buying military is optional.

If you are auto buying military stuff Reziun then thats going to come off your cash reserve. Like you say, turn them off and see where that gets you.

Jojo T. Hun (Fearless Blue)

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 05:51 am Click here to edit this post
Yes, your country could be turning a monthly profit but your ongoing automatic purchases of ammo, fuel, and other products for your military might eat up all the profit and then some.

If you have recently set your order strategies for any products, military or non-military, at high low-water marks that haven't been reached yet that could also do it, as Pres M said.

Another possibility is that your state corps are losing money, and the game is taking out automatic cash transfers to replenish the cash in the corps.


Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 05:03 pm Click here to edit this post
Yeah, I'm having this same issue! On Kebir Blue, my country of the Federal Union of Barella is making 500 million dollars in profit but my materials are worth negative three billion, and I'm not sure how to fix it. Not to mention it says my military is freaking out due to low supplies, which I had to cut away because the country is poor, and the people are saying they're low on train track matience and gas and whatnot. What do I do? And in detail please, I'm rather new lol.


Sunday, September 23, 2012 - 11:08 pm Click here to edit this post
Turn off automatic trading of your countries needs. Check pending deliveries. Cancel those that you find not absolutely necessary. You may find a lot with immediate orders, which is rather expensive.

Sure the population will bitch and hiss, but as long as they don't revolt...

Oh, and did you deactivate weapons and cut government salaries? Could earn you a bigger profit to stand against the cash drain.


Monday, September 24, 2012 - 03:51 pm Click here to edit this post
I wouldn't turn off auto buying of country supplies myself...

Sometimes there is such a shortage of a product that the country cant get them for several months, and if your stock goes negative then the orders will go immediate. These cost about 20% more according to info in game. I have seen this myself recently with traintrack maintenance, and I haven't even got any trains!!!

Military stuff is strange. Some defensive ammo will get ordered automatic, some stuff you have to manually order. It's a good idea to get to know the 'supplies quality' page where you can set a low level mark for anything (in months worth or absolute numbers) and how many to buy when that mark is reached. I slowly built mine up so I always have at least 3 months worth, but even then the occasional thing will completely run out.

Going negative of stuff can cause your supply index to drop below 100, which in turn is meant to lower the overall country welfare which in turn will effect your corps profit. I must say though that I have had 0 supply index before and not seen welfare fall. Maybe it needs to be low for a while to diminish welfare, so sbroccoli does have a point there, as long as they dont riot...


Monday, September 24, 2012 - 03:56 pm Click here to edit this post
And, you need to have cash in your country to enable it buy stuff. I presume you do from what you said, but if not, it wont really hurt to get a trillion or two in loans, the interest rate is very low.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 08:49 am Click here to edit this post
I believe this is bad advice. So I'm not telling you to take my word over his, I'm just saying I thinks its off.

One thing you CAN do is... Go to the trade tab go down to order strategies and lower them or at least set them, as using high country quality goods is not always beneficial. You may want to change the watermark while you are it. If you are dealing with shoratages you may want to buy a larger amount of materials each time you buy, or the opposite might be true, in which you are losing to much money, and are willing to ATTEMPT to buy only a month or two in advance.

Also your country might be poor, because your population is poor. If your citizens don't have money they don't pay much for the material you buy. Paying them more should also reduce healthcare costs, education costs, in addition to the stated spending on materials. But there could be plenty of other reasons to.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:28 pm Click here to edit this post
If you mean my advice... I didn't mention quality, I should have done. Yep order all country supplies at 120Q, the lowest you can. Hopefully you are not spending big on military yet but they are the only items to order high Q.

I also was saying increasing the low mark will lessen the chance of running out in the long run. It gives your order longer to be filled. It does cost more initially, or over a shorter time span anyway, because you still use the product but have more in stock. This increases your assets and so your score too. After a shortish time the spending on materials will be exactly the same as before, as having more doesn't make you use more.

Some use common markets to achieve a constant supply, but not using them myself I wont comment, an experienced user should be along shortly who can expand upon them


Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 08:20 pm Click here to edit this post
not you crafty i was referrig to broccoli's

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