According to Jon Shafer: Emphasis mine. I was shopping around to sell my resources for extra gold in a recent game, and in one turn Wu Zetian went from around 90 to -173, on the very same turn that she made a research agreement. Hmmm... This seems to directly contradict what Shafer said. Now, I don't know about you, but I find it hard to get a -173 deficit when I'm gaining 19 per turn. However, if I just agreed to a research agreement, and *snapped* my fingers to deficit spend, then this would be very possible. I'm not bringing this up because it's game breaking or anything. It's not. If the AI needs to do this kind of stuff, fine. This pic is from an immortal OCC challenge game (in case anyone is wondering why my culture is the way it is) and I don't honestly think it will make a difference. I'm bringing this up because I don't like being lied to. If I got something wrong here, please explain it to me, because I would like to believe the lead designer isn't purposefully lying to his already upset client base.