The African Influence mechanic is relatively similar to Export but more interesting in nearly every way.
You can’t really control the amount of Export you generate, it’s more of a small bonus you accumulate over time to get some bonus units and technologies from the Consulate.
Ethiopia and Hausa have more interesting decisions to make on how they generate Influence and have to decide on trad offs. Like Coin or Influence in the Monastery.
Also they have more choices on how to use the Influence.
With the Consulates you have more or less 1 shipment and 1 army per age and they cost relatively much.
Export is not passively collected by all villagers that gather any resources anymore.
Trade Posts can now collect Export instead of XP or the other resources like they can collect Influence for the African civilisations.
Export Crates are added to the game and can be send from the home city.
Every civilisation gets an unique way to generate export.
Maybe Japanese shrines can be set to generate Export instead of other resources.
Maybe new tea plantation building for China.
Export cost for everything is increased so that 1 export = 1 food/coin/wood.
5 Musketeer shipment would cost 500 Export.
Earlier and later Armies should be more balanced in cost/performance.
Army sizes are reduces so they are more like Banner Armies.
So you don’t have to buy 9 Redcoats if you just wanted a Falconet but you don’t just get the Falconet alone either.
For example 3 Redcoats and 1 Falconet.
Maybe like Banner Armies all Consulate Armies should be a mix of two units so you can’t just spam one unit and just use the Consulate units instead of your own.
For example 3 Musketeers and 2 Grenadiers instead of just a 6 Musketeer option.
Available to India
Ships a Lombard
Ships an Architect
Ships Papal units
Available to China
Ships technology that improves mercenaries
Available to Japan
Ships Gatling Guns and Sharpshooters
Ships Steamer and Ironclad
Ships Saloon and with unique Outlaws
Malta and Mexico make less sense historically but could still be interesting allies. Maybe for future Asian civilisations.
They all work very nicely and export is used to enhance the Asian civs to cover a few holes, and not giving them all possible options in the game: this is not Mexico and no civ should or must be like Mexico ever again. Plus TPs were meant to collect general resources in a standard way and not export.
Every civilisation gets an unique way to generate export.
Why? What for? They all behave differently already They are the most unique civs inside a faction in Legacy.
it’s more of a small bonus you accumulate over time to get some bonus units and technologies from the Consulate.
That’s what it was meant to be. It’s not meant to be a main resource, it’s meant to be a bonus resource used once in a while. Influence is a major resource and several major African features rely on that, differently of Asian civs, which have no main feature that rely on that.
You want to make two different things that do different things equals. So I don’t agree with that.
I would say, not every Western civilization has to be an ally at Asian Consulate.
if there would be the fifth allies, the fifth allies at Consulate should be Dutch for Indians and US for Chinese and Japanese. I don’t know the influence of the Italians in India, but obviously the influence of the Dutch in India was huge at one time.
The interaction between the United States and the Qing Dynasty may be later than that of other European countries, but it is crucial to Chinese history. Their military and diplomatic assistance (eg. Ever Victorious Army and Open Door Policy) to the Qing Dynasty is known to anyone who studies modern Chinese history. In contrast, Germans and Swedes are actually less important.
In addition, the Asian civilization should be limited that only 4 allies of the 5 options are usable. For example, if the Indian player had choose Ottomans, British, French and Dutch, it cannot choose Portuguese anymore. If the Japanese player had choose Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Isolationism, it cannot choose US anymore.
I would like to add the forth adjustment option at Consulate that Villagers gather export 80% faster but gather other resources 15% slower to help people who want more export. Maybe that is it.
Of course consulates and exports need a rework that much is obvious, they were never right.
The question is HOW I’m not entirely sold on your solutions.\
We need to establish some fundamentals first.
Export as it currently as it is today is nearly uncontrollable, but the civs are designed with consulates in mind…even if they’re unreliable…
On the other hand we can’t change it too radically so as to not alienate former legacy AD players.
There needs to be a way to change how foreign units are recruited does it go closer to Ethiopia and Hausa or closer to USA/Mexico/Malta.
An idea of mine to make export more controlable is to give consulates a sort of lombard mechanic you can export food, coin, and wood (or all three) for a trickle of export, but that still has a fixed upper limit.
You can only have ONE consulate, you can’t spam musketeers as well as any civs that actually has musketeers. Just like with USA you can’t actually use foreign legions to replace USA units. Dragoons are better than carbine cav, but you can’t keep up with just dragoons, you have to have SOME carbine cav.
Same with Mexico, Spanish musketeers are more effecient than Soldeos but they can’t be made from Barracks only Forts.
Personally I think the export works well in general, but I think units should be delivered faster in the late game to improve their viability in the treaty or in the late game (forgive the redundancy).
Another thing that has been discussed is that what you earn is not equal to the resources you sacrifice, so there could also be a rework on that to make it fairer.
Remember that apart from delivering foreign units, it also provides other bonuses such as military and economic buildings, and buildings that grant upgrades. (In addition to the passive bonuses granted by each ally).
I do like the idea of maybe changing the more expensive armies to say maybe cost comparable but have different compositions, like I think the most expensive army should only be like 1000 export
I dont like the idea of making export more like how influence work with the TP, that can get unbalanced pretty fast, also its not very interesting. (like just thinking right now, it would make the china tea export opening almost lightning fast, and get a blockhouse wagon across the map by like 2-3 mins)
Personally I think we just need 1-2 things
a tech that trades resource stockpile for export (like the royal feast tech)
for china, porcelain tower have export only mode (maybe the factory as well??)
Japan can get export trickle after a tech or shipment
india maybe can get increased vil export rate after a tech
Some other ideas
rework the export rate button in the consulate, its too great of a penalty for little to no gain ( maybe with the lombards, we can take inspiration from there, invest some resources to get some trickles)
I like the teahouse concept and generally agree that the tavern needs to change.
I changed my ideas on how Export and Consulates could work:
Passive Export generation like now but no option to choose between rates.
China and Japan get the teahouse with 1 Export/second.
India gets a new building (maybe Bazaar) that works like a Lombard but all resources get turned into Export 1 to 1 at a rate of 1/second. So if you invest all 3 resources at once you can get 3 Export/second.
Those new buildings train Outlaws and Mercenaries for Export. Limit for those buildings is 1 with an Age 3 home city card that sips 2 more and increases the limit by 2.
Japan gets a technology/HC card that allows shrines to generate Export
Indian Karni Mata gets an Export mode that generates more Export instead of more resources or maybe Export replaces the normal bonus.
Porcelain Tower gets Export mode
Age 4/5 technology that doubles the Export generation from villagers working on rice fields
Prices get adjusted (increased) so Export has about the same value as coin/food/gold so it’s not too easy to get the first shipment way to early.
Armies (unit makeup or price) get adjusted so all armies of all alliances are useful in all ages.
Age 3 card ships 2 more consulates and increases limit by 2.
Age 5 technology that halves the training time of consulate armies
New possible alliances like Sweden, Italy or USA and maybe even China and India for each other.
Persia should also have the Consulate system with the Bazaar building.
I do have to say like the consulate build limit is never really a problem, even in the the lategame, you get a batch of unit as it instant train when you have a card like Good faith agreement so there isnt really a point to more consulates.
One building can only be in one place.
On lager maps like in team games you probably want one in more then one place.
And if you build a forward base you don’t want to have to delete the Consulate at home.
It’s not the biggest issue but it can be an annoying limitation.
I mean moving it to a forward is annoying but its not something I would ever want to use a card to solve
Having it in multiple places seems useless to me tbh, since it doesn’t do anything else besides just being a unit production building. Since you are using what is supposed to be a more scarce resource, its not something I would ever need multiple of it to produce in different areas, Asian civ can produce more then well enough.
Like personally the consulate is a overpop mechanic to allow power spikes and that is an interesting trade off compared to how influence works, where you have train units normally so are subject to the normal pop cap. Like export is great for china because they can overpop to a ridiculous degree with it .
So I think we just need more ways to get export really, we dont need more ways to spend it.
so like using export for outlaws kinda go against it for me.
There is no need to increase the Consulate build limit, just make the Consulate units appear from the shipment drop point instead of the Consulate. It also makes sense, consulates are diplomatic offices do it do not train units but inform the home country to deliver the required shipments.