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ai never votes for all foreign trade routes (un)?

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Strategy & Tips' started by krp312, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. krp312

    krp312 Chieftain

    Jul 25, 2007
    why does the ai never vote for all foreign trade routes?
  2. Verge

    Verge Let's hug it out

    Nov 17, 2007
    Science/Technology forum!
    I haven't noticed a problem getting that particular resolution passed. Particularly recalcitrant civs tend to oppose it, but that's to be expected.
  3. Bobbalouie

    Bobbalouie Chieftain

    Jan 7, 2006
    I've occaissionally had this happen to me too. I never put much thought into it, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's cause, unlike the majority of us, the AI knows how trade routes work. They know exactly which cities will go where depending on what's allowed, so they might not want an enemy civ to benefit from having trade routes with their cities.

    That or some of them are just @#$%^.
  4. DaveMcW

    DaveMcW Deity

    Oct 8, 2002
    If the AI maxed out their foreign trade routes and is stuck using domestic routes in smaller cities, it makes sense that they don't care about adding more.
  5. Roland Johansen

    Roland Johansen Deity

    Apr 29, 2003
    the Netherlands
    I agree with DaveMcW. If a civilization is large or has few trading partners, then adding extra trade routes will benefit its competitors more than it will benefit itself. It's like giving your enemy a 50% increase in trading profits so that you yourself might get a 10% increase (values exaggerated).

    I don't actually know if the AI is smart enough to understand this. Maybe it is just some programmed stubbornness or isolationism. For instance, Tokugawa is programmed to be pretty isolationistic.

    I do know that I will not propose this treaty or vote against it when it is proposed by others when I'm a big civilization and have maxed out my foreign trade routes.

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