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Is Representation's effect retroactive?

Jun 27, 2007
Hamilton, Ontario
Representation reduces the cost increase of policies from new cities by 33%. Does that just apply to new cities after that or will it recalculate the current cost of the next policy based on the reduction from all policies*?

I ask because this and collective rule seem to be more useful the earlier you get them, so It's hard to pick which ones to get first. Now that trading posts are much later, Citizenship to increase worker speed is less useful because I have less to build early on, but that is before Representation, so I'd have to take that not so useful yet policy if Representation is important first.
it reduces the per city social policy cost increase from 15% to 10%.
if you have multiple cities and get representation via the oracle, the cost of your next social policy immediately decreases.
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