Economic Systems Edit
In BLOC, there are three possible economic alignments that a nation may have: the left-leaning Central Planning, centrist Mixed Economy, and right-leaning Free Market. Each economic system has its own perks and drawbacks, which include access to certain policies, level of market tariffs, and relationship with each of the two superpowers.
Central Planning Edit
Central Planning economies have access to the following economy-specific (i.e., specific to an economic alignment) policies: Great Leap Forward, Special Economic Zone (if in Asia), Free Housing for the People, and Construct Free Hospital. In addition, a Central Planning economic alignment will give a nation +2 relationship points per turn with the Soviet Union, and -2 relationship points per turn with the United States. They also suffer a 5% tariff in the Market page, the highest of the three economic alignments.
Central Planning is typically chosen by nations hoping to take advantage of the Free Hospital policy, due to its greater cost-effectiveness at boosting Quality of Life compared to Free Public School. It can be reached by nationalizing foreign investment, raising the minimum wage, or using Great Leap Forward or Free Housing when a Mixed Economy. Soviet-aligned nations may also choose to have Central Planning economies to gain more relationship points per turn.
Free Market Edit
Free Market economies have access to the following economy-specific policies: Encourage Foreign Investment, IMF Loan, and Raise Minimum Wage. In addition, a Free Market economic alignment will give a nation +2 relationship points per turn with the United states, and -2 relationship points per turn with the Soviet Union. They also suffer a 1% tariff in the Market page, the lowest of the three economic alignments, and gain +2, +1, +0, or -1 growth per turn based on the percent market change (visible in the Market page)
Free Market is typically chosen by nations with a Liberal Democracy government in order to capitalize on the boost to relations with the United States. Other reasons for choosing a Free Market economy include its ability to buy lower and sell higher on the Market page than other economic alignments, free growth increases each turn (on average), and the ability to gain foreign investment (which may be nationalized in times of emergency or used to gain a free factory upon reaching $1000k). It can be reached by Privatizing, using Special Economic Zone (if in Asia), or using Encourage Foreign Investment when a Mixed Economy.
Mixed Economy Edit
Mixed Economies enjoy access to the greatest variety of policies, and are able to use all economy-specific actions. They are typically chosen by nations seeking to do business with other nations outside the Market page, as they can trade oil, raw materials, and weapons with all economic alignments without suffering a tariff. In the Market page, Mixed Economies have a 3% tariff, lower than Central Planning economies but higher than Free Market economies.