Thanks for your take on this feelotraveller.
I confirm that in the Legends manual the diplomacy screen trade states "trade volume". So, this means that you're most probably right and that that value is the total trade your private sector is obtaining (not the money we - state - are cashing-in). Now, from there things start to get fuzzy. For instance, in the manual about “State Port Income” (clearly a typo, it should read "Space Port Income") in the Empire screen it is said "both private ship purchases and space port transaction fees for the current year". So, where do these "space port transaction fees" come into all of this story, and why doesn't that get included in the "foreign trade bonuses" in the same empire screen?
1. Are you sure that the state only cashes-in trade money when we have FTAs or MDPs? Sometimes there is trade happening, even with hostile races. We (meaning state) don't get anything from that?
2. Yes, there are all those not-so-linear trade bonuses (economy centers, characters bonuses, racial bonuses). Not so linear because we don't know if they add-up or multiply as you mention. So, my only worry would be. Are we absolutely confident that if we are making more trade volume with an empire that means that we are obtaining more state revenue from those guys? Would this be linear? Probably not because that would depend on which space ports have economy centers on, and where embassador characters may be giving an extra trade percentage.
3. The ticket key to close all this discussion would be to know what % does the state get from the total trade volume. I wouldn't mind to have a good popup or tooltip with a few more numbers to further break trade numbers. Although the % and the exact formulas are not that critical to have to have fun I guess, it still would be cool information to know in my opinion.
Thanks again for the both of you for your replies on this.
< Message edited by adamsolo -- 1/6/2012 10:29:50 AM >