I always thought that the Habesha age up tech ‘ark of the covenant’, allowed you to gather influence from the monasteries with abuns without the need of a mine, allowing you to still gather influence late game when mines have run out.
Just tried it and all it does is allow the monasteries to auto gather while not on a mine, this tech costs 2000 influence and is completely worthless. I think it should be changed so that abuns can still gather influence from monasteries without a mine being needed, giving ethiopia a late game form of gathering influence other than cattle, like hausa have with universities. Would not be OP because it’s an expensive tech and only makes sense late game when mines are gone.
I like Ethiopia but play a lot of long games with friends and it sucks when there’s no mines for your abuns to gather influence from, Ethiopia don’t get an age up like berbers that gives them a retrainable mine either which is what they need or a card to send new mines.
Out of all the new African mechanics, the Mine Monasteries is my least favorite. The low build limit, how useless they are without a mine underneath, having to constantly delete old ones in order to keep building new ones on new mines… Feels like a chore.