Minor suggestion: Financial charts


2 more metrics that could be interesting to display, current GDP and government spending as a percentage of GDP. Having 9 metrics fits well, though maybe there is a better way of arranging them. Perhaps:

FIrst row: Income … Expenditure … Surplus/deficit
Second row: Debt … Credit rating … Interest rate …
Third row: GDP … Debt/GDP … Government spending/GDP …

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GDP is already in there. The ‘relative’ is only there so that people dont think its on the same axis as everything else. Global economy is just a zero-to-one value like GDP is…
In fact as I type this out, I can see that this chart is maybe pretty confusing to new players…
Its difficult to show so much information on one chart, when ideally they are all overlaid over each other to show the relationships…and yet the Y axis is different for nearly all of them :frowning:

I was mostly just thinking adding text above. Cluttering the chart is unnecessary, yes.

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I thought this website had all sorts of cool ideas :smiley:https://www.highcharts.com/demo/combo-multi-axes/dark-unica

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Bar charts and separate y-axis would be cool, absolutely.

The main reason I started this thread was that I wanted a metric for the “size of government”, at least in an economic sense. North European welfare states typically spend around 50% of GDP on government services, the UK 40% the US 35% and South Korea 30%. Wikipedia List. It seems to me like a good metric, it is easily calculated in game and most people should be able to understand it intuitively. It might also be a target of a play through to reach a certain ratio, a liberal-capitalist run might aim for 20% whereas an authoritarian socialist might try to push it to 100%.

It would be weird to display spending in absolute numbers and the ratio of spending to GDP in absolute numbers but for some reason not GDP itself. The 0-1 scaled GDP value could be multiplied by the scale defined by the min_GDP and max_GDP in the game files multiplied with some time element to simulate natural population growth, inflation and so on which all increase the GDP number.

Displayed GDP = GDP sim value (0-1) * GDP scale multiplier (min_GDP / 2 + max_GDP / 2 or something) * current year

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Good point. I did an interim improvement for the charts today:

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Would it be possible to show where the debt crisis would/could be triggered? A real leader would have advisors telling them when they are close to the abyss.

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hmmmm good point. I think a situation warning does pop up beforehand though?

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Those warnings aren’t always reliable. I’ve had a couple turns of no warnings about anything, then a warning that something just crossed the red line and will kick in the next turn.

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Indeed. This is because they are rated on importance, and will not get flagged up as worthy of the report if enough other more urgent things have happened…but I do intend to improve this system, because frankly, a lot of the ‘regular’ reports are useless, such as ‘global economy is doing ok’ or ‘cabinet are fairly meh’.

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