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What is Communication Efficiency Edit

Communication Efficiency, sometimes abbreviated to CE, is the time it takes to reach a province for a government agent travelling from the capital. It represents how difficult it is for the government to exert control over far away provinces. Fast communication lowers unrest and monthly autonomy growth significantly and improving CE is one of the best methods to lower autonomy in the game.

Communication Efficiency Modifier Edit

Every province in the game has a communication efficiency modifier shown as an icon with either pluses or minuses located in the row of icons of the province view. There are sixteen levels of communication efficiency plus a special martial law modifier that shows up in newly acquired provinces. Below is a list of all the modifiers:

Instant (This is your capital) Local Unrest -30.
Perfect (0-4 Travel Time) Local Unrest -27, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.08.
Superb (5-9 Travel Time) Local Unrest -24, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.16.
Excellent (10-14 Travel Time) Local Unrest -21, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.24.
Rapid (15-19 Travel Time) Local Unrest -18,Monthly Autonomy Change +0.32.
Quick (20-24 Travel Time) Local Unrest -15,Monthly Autonomy Change +0.40.
Fairly Quick (25-29 Travel Time) Local Unrest -12,Monthly Autonomy Change +0.48.
Decent (30-34 Travel Time) Local Unrest -9, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.56.
Average (35-39 Travel Time) Local Unrest -6, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.64.
Moderate (40-44 Travel Time) Local Unrest -3, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.72
Mediocre (45-49 Travel Time) Monthly Autonomy Change +0.80.
Difficult (50-54 Travel Time) Local Unrest +3, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.88.
Very Difficult (55-59 Travel Time) Local Unrest +6, Monthly Autonomy Change +0.96.
Poor (60-64 Travel Time) Local Unrest +9, Monthly Autonomy Change +1.04.
Very Poor (65-69 Travel Time) Local Unrest +12, Monthly Autonomy Change +1.12.
Terrible (70+ Travel Time) Local Unrest +15,Monthly Autonomy Change +1.20.
Martial Law (CE Pending) Local Unrest -20, State Maintenance -1000%, Minimum Local Autonomy +100.

When is the modifier updated? Edit

It can take a little while for the CE modifier to get updated. Once every five years CE for all provinces in the world is calculated, so on average it takes 2.5 years. CE can be updated manually by using the dispatch runners interaction in the estates menu, but that will bloat your save file, making it slower and more error-prone.

Travel Time Edit

Communication Efficiency is calculated by measuring the travel time between the capital and the province. Travel time is dependent on terrain, roads, bureaucracy buildings and, for travel across water, trade harbours. See this for a visualization of runners. (Or use the dispatch runners interaction in the estates menu, but that will bloat your save file, making it slower and more error-prone.)

Land Travel Edit

Each province travelled, including your capital, increases the travel time by an amount depending on the terrain of the province. Select a province and mouse over the terrain to see the travel time and the effect that roads have on it. Below is a list of the travel time across the different terrain types:

  • Three days: Grasslands, Plains, Farmlands, Drylands, Steppes, Savannah.
  • Four days: Woods, Coastline, Coastal Desert, Floodplains.
  • Five days: Hills, Tundra.
  • Six days: Forest, Marsh, Desert, Taiga.
  • Seven days: Jungle, Highlands.
  • Eight days: Mountains, Desert Mountains.

Ocean Travel Edit

Communication Efficiency (CE) can move over water quite rapidly in good conditions, but only if there is a trade harbour or natural harbour both in the originating province and the destination. Better trade harbours decrease travel time. Having more ports to act as 'relays'  along a water path will further speed up travel.

No Connection to the Capital Edit

Provinces that have no connection to the capital whatsoever still get communication efficiency but at a decreased rate, dependent on the distance from the capital.

Improving Communication Efficiency Edit

There are three types of buildings that improve communication efficiency: roads, trade harbours and bureaucracy buildings.

Roads Edit

Roads reduce the travel time of a province depending on the type of terrain. Terrain is divided over three subtypes that determine the effect of roads on their travel time: favourable, challenging and rugged terrain. Below is a list of the division:

  • Favourable terrain: Grasslands, Plains, Farmlands, Drylands, Steppes, Savannah.
  • Challenging terrain: Hills, Woods, Coastline, Coastal Desert, Tundra, Floodplains.
  • Rugged terrain: Forest, Mountains, Desert Mountains, Jungle, Marsh, Desert, Highlands, Taiga.

Better roads reduce the travel time further. Below is a list of how the different levels of roads reduce travel time on the different kinds of terrain:

  • Road Network: favourable terrain -0.25 days, challenging terrain -0.5 days, rugged terrain -1.5 days.
  • Paved Road Network: favourable terrain -0.5 days, challenging terrain -1 days, rugged terrain -2 days.
  • Highway Network: favourable terrain -0.75 days, challenging terrain -1.5 days, rugged terrain -3 days.
  • Road and Railway Network: favourable terrain -1.5 days, challenging terrain -2.5 days (except for hills and Tundra who get -3 days), rugged terrain -4.5 days.

Trade harbours Edit

Trade harbours are required for government agents to travel across water (Fishing ports and military harbours have no effect). A trade harbour is needed in the originating province and in the destination. Better trade harbours reduce travel time further. Below is a list of how the different levels of harbour reduce travel time (averaged between the originating province and the destination province):

  • Trade Wharf (Rank 1 Trade Harbour): Base travel time.
  • Trade Dockland (Rank 2 Trade Harbour) -20% travel time.
  • Port's Warehouse (Rank 3 Trade Harbour) -35% travel time.
  • Great Port and Lighthouse (Rank 4 Trade Harbour) -50% travel time.

If the trade harbour is located in a natural harbour the travel time is further decreased. Small natural harbours decrease it by 5% while great natural harbours decrease it by 15%.

Bureaucracy buildings Edit

Bureaucracy buildings reduce travel time across your country. Their effect is dependent on their level. A bureaucracy building in the capital reduces travel time across the whole country while bureaucracy buildings in other provinces (regional capitals) reduce the travel time accumulated in the province itself which then can be used as a new starting point to radiate CE from. For example, a province with a rank 1 regional capital that is 20 days of travel away from the capital would lower that value by 30% and then cut it by another 4 days: 20 - 30% - 4 is 20 - 6 - 4 is 10 days of travel time left. The province thus gets a better CE modifier and then radiates CE out to provinces around it.

Better bureaucracy buildings reduce travel time further. Below is a list of the effects of the different levels of bureaucracy buildings for the capital and for regional capitals:

Bureaucracy building in the capital:

  • Rank 1 Capital: -5% travel time for every province.
  • Rank 2 Capital: -7.5% travel time for every province.
  • Rank 3 Capital: -10% travel time for every province.
  • Rank 4 Capital: -12.5% travel time for every province.
  • Rank 5 Capitoal: -15% travel time for every province.

Bureaucracy building in a regional capital:

  • Rank 1 Capital: -30% accumulated travel time and -4 days of travel time in the province.
  • Rank 2 Capital: -45% accumulated travel time and -6 days of travel time in the province.
  • Rank 3 to 5 Capital: -55% accumulated travel time and -7 days of travel time in the province.

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