I just need an idea of how much bribing or what have you is necessary to sway a country's opinion of you any noticeable amount. Everything I've read thus far has said bribe, trade, etc. and it will eventually raise. Well, does anyone know what influences whether it raises or not, and when I could expect to see something tangible in the relations bars?
I am playing Ireland, and being a neutral country, everyone from both spheres is pretty much indifferent to me. However, this means no possibility of alliances without leaning to one sphere or the other, and I've realized the fact that I am a weak country (and will be for many, many in-game years) surrounded by powerful blue spherians means I need to go blue to really accomplish anything initially.
I've been throwing diplomatic offers at the U.S. and U.K left and right, but I generally have a surplus of fresh water, agriculture, and timber, so that's what I offer them, asking nothing in return. And I've yet to see the relations bars move the slightest bit. I also have a nice surplus of petroleum, but its rare on the world market and I don't want to just give it up (I would definitely consider selling it to them if I knew it would make a difference). I guess that's it, I just need to know the types of deals under what circumstances make a difference and what doesn't, so my efforts are not for naught.
Its based on the worth of the trade. The more you give the better you will see relations get. The problem with using commodities is many times it takes TONS of a commodity to = any real value.
For a basic guide. You won't see any large bump from say 100m$ (goods or cash) but those small trades will add up over time(you get a relations bump but its small enough that its not readily noticeable on the bar). However if you give them 1000m$ (again goods or cash) you will see an immediate jump in relations. A gift of say 40,000m$ will result in a ~ 25% gain in relations.
The trick is to give gifts of medium size... often. Too large and your wasting resources for a diminishing return. Too small and your not maximizing the benefit.
Try to only gift when you have 500m+ worth of goods and keep doing it. It adds up over time.
Also avoid daily or monthly trades.. when bribing. Your better off with lump sums.
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