Trade

Trade edicts allow you to create a trade route with another kingdom, increasing the BP you gain every month, as well as possibly increasing your Fame and other kingdom statistics.

To plan a trade route, select another kingdom as your trade partner and determine the distance in hexes from a settlement in your kingdom to a settlement in the target kingdom, tracing the path of the trade route rather than a direct line. A trade route can pass through grassland, desert, or any terrain that has a road or highway. If your settlement contains a Pier, the trade route can pass along rivers and coastal hexes. If your settlement contains a Waterfront, your trade route can pass through water hexes.

Longer trade routes are harder to maintain than short ones, but larger kingdoms must trade further afield to make a profit. To determine the effective length of your trade route, count hexes with roads or rivers as 1, grassland and desert hexes without roads/rivers as 2, and water hexes and highway hexes as 1/2. This total distance is the Trade Route Length (TRL). Divide the Trade Route Length by 10 to get the Route Modifier (RM). Subtract the TRL from your kingdom’s Size to get the Length Modifier (LM), with a minimum LM of 0.

Establishing a trade route takes 1 hex per day along Roads and Rivers (upstream), 2 along coastlines, and 4 along water or Rivers (downstream). If the journey requires 1 month or more, you gain no benefits from it until the turn the traders arrive at their destination.

You must invest at least 5 BP into the initial trade expedition using this trade route. The first time your traders reach the destination settlement, attempt an Economy check, a Loyalty check, and a Stability check with the following modifiers:

+ settlement Production – settlement Corruption – Route Modifier (RM) – Length Modifier (LM)

# Successes Result
0 The trade route is a total loss; Fame -1 and Unrest +1
1 The expedition fails to reach its destination but sells its goods elsewhere for 1d4 BP for each 5 BP invested
2 The trade route is established; Economy +1; Treasury increases by the RM + 2d4 BP per 5 BP invested initially. (eg: if you invested 5 BP in a trade route with an RM of 2, Treasury increases by 2 + 2d4 BP)
3 The trade route is established and is a great success; Economy +2; Fame +1; Treasury increases by the RM + 2d4 BP per 5 BP invested
Each critical success adds an additional 1d4 BP to the total return.
Each critical failure decreases Fame by 1, or increases Unrest by 1 (Treasurer’s choice).

An established trade route provides its benefits for 1 year. A kingdom can have one of each of the following types of trade route. Each type requires certain buildings in your settlement, and each increases the Economy bonus from a successful trade route.

Food
If your kingdom has surplus production from farms and fisheries that reduces its Consumption to below 0, you may export food. A successful food trade route increases Economy by 1 for every 10 Farms and Fisheries (or part thereof) in the kingdom; this benefit is lost in any month that Farms and Fisheries do not reduce Consumption below 0. You must have at least 1 Granary and 1 Stockyard in your originating settlement.

Goods
The trade route transports goods such as weapons and textiles. Count all Guildhalls, Smithies, Shops, Trade Shops, and Tanneries in the starting settlement and divide by 10 (round up); a successful goods trade route increases Economy by this amount. You must have at least 1 Guildhall in your originating settlement.

Luxuries
This trade route carries exotic goods such as art, musical instruments, books, spices, dyes, and magic items. Count all Alchemists, Exotic Artisans, Herbalists, and Luxury Stores in the starting settlement and divide by 10 (round up); a successful luxuries trade route increases Economy by that amount. You must have at least 1 Luxury Store in your originating settlement.

Raw Materials
This trade route carries common raw materials such as lumber, stone, ore, or metal. A successful raw materials trade route increases Economy by 1 for every 10 Mines, Quarries, and Sawmills (or part thereof) in the kingdom. You must have at least 1 Foundry in the originating settlement to count Mines.

War and Trade Routes

If you go to war with another Kingdom with which you have a trade route, the benefits of that Route cease immediately and your kingdom suffers an Economy penalty equal to the previous benefit for one turn. (eg: if you had a trade route providing +2 Economy, you lose the benefit and take -2 Economy for the next turn).

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