If my interpretation (which is what I've been questioning in this discussion) is correct, then for defensive purposes (i.e. preventing the other side from getting a bonus) then yes. If Germany is at 3, Italy 0, and the UK 2, then Italy will not get a research bonus while Germany will get one; and none of the Allies will.
Your post in the war room, taxman.
Therefor nobody gets any research bonus, if both sides lvl of Int. are the same (p.e. GB and Germany at 2, all the others at 1), if I understand correctly?
That would mean, the only reason to research Int. with both Axis` powers would be to get a breakthrough (since Germany starts already with 1 chit), but the bonus disappears at the point the other side reaches the same lvl.
Seems not to be right. Acording to the manual: "Each new level of Spying & Intelligence research increases your own research bonus by 1% and decreases your opponent’s bonus by 1%."
If I understand correctly, own research is only benefitting, if there's a difference in the lvls of Int. between your sides highest lvl and the other sides` highest lvl of Int.. If there's no difference between those lvls, there`s no benefit at all, and the difference between p.e. USA at lvl. 2 and Italy at lvl. 0 is not existing, if Germany and GB are at lvl 3?
That would mean, the only reason to research Int. is to get the next lvl before your opponent does, and to invest is a waste, if you're already late, if p.e. Germany already has the first lvl, and Italy didn`t invest so far.
The benefits of researching Int. should be: every single lvl of Int. should provide a progress of +1% under all circumstances. The additional benefit (+1% progress and -1% to your opponent) should only apply, if there`s a difference in the lvls of Int., no matter the major nation and its according war readiness or belonging.
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