So first of all thanks for the advice. It has truely helped.
I've increased the number of oil-gas fields and water works to capitalize on selling my surplus and that's gotten my economy on the right track. I've also taken care of my need for metal ore by performing a blitzkrieg on New Mexico and seizing some of the more metal ore rich areas of that state so now I'm completely self-sufficient.
However I'm stilling having a little trouble understanding the domestic markups. I've been able to increase my GDP from 40K to 43K, so I was wondering whether to set my domestic markups at market price or higher. Or since I'm Texas and can make tons of cash on exports, should I just ignore domestic stuff and focus on world trade.
I've read a couple of different threads on this forum but am still unclear as to what course of action I should take.
I've frequently noticed distrust of the AI ministers, but honest to God, if you have a large oil surplus, the AI can handle auto-selling it well enough for you to ignore it and go blitz things. Any nation in the world can finance a huge military on autosales of oil and/or consumer goods.
As for domestic markups, they're a %, so if your GDP increases, so do domestic sales prices. If you're really hard up for cash, set it to 200% and ignore it, no further tinkering required.
Though like I said, as Texas you can export all that oil and set domestic markups very, very low to keep people happy.