Bureaucratic Time Units - BTU Edit
What BTUs are and how they are generated.
It takes time for decisions to be made by top level officials, and it takes time for their orders to reach those who execute them. The potential of your government to process new information is measured in Bureaucratic Time Units (BTU).
Most commands consume BTUs. The "list" command shows how many. Some commands consume additional BTUs, depending on what they actually do.
BTUs are generated in real-time based on the number of civilians that are in your capital. Every time you log out and in again, the server calculates how long you've been away, and based on that time awards you a certain number of BTUs. The same happens at the update.
Here is the procedure for determining how many BTUs you get: If the game is a blitz, then as soon as your BTUs go below zero, then they are automatically set back to the maximum.
Count the number of civs generating BTUs. Edit
civs = maximum(1000, number of civs in your capital sector)
Note that if you don't have a capital, then you will get _no_ BTUs.
Find out how many civs are required to make one BTU in one time unit. Edit
The "version" command will tell you how many civilians are required to produce one BTU in one Empire Time Unit (ETU) in a perfectly efficient capital.
Calculate how efficiently your capital makes BTUs. Edit
A proper capital's BTU efficiency is sector efficiency times work percentage, but at least 0.5%. A mountain capital's BTU efficiency is always 0.5%.
Calculate how many BTUs your capital produces in one time unit. Edit
Divide the number of civs generating BTUs (step 1) by the number of civs required to produce one BTU in one time unit (step 2). Multiply by efficiency (step 3).
Find out how many time units have passed since you last got BTUs. Edit
A fixed number of ETUs elapse between updates. The "version" command shows how many.
Calculate how many BTUs you get. Edit
Multiply the number of BTUs your cap produces in one ETU (step 4) by the number of ETUs which have passed (step 5). This is how many BTUs you get. Note that there is a limit to how many BTUs you can have at any given time. This number is usually 640 but can be changed by the deity.
EXAMPLE: say your capital is in perfect condition (100% efficiency and work), and has 500 civilians. Suppose that version said:
It takes 25.00 civilians to produce a BTU in one time unit
Then first you would divide 500 by 25 to get 20. Now since your cap is 100% efficient and 100% working, its BTU efficiency is 100% * 100% = 100%, i.e. your capital makes 20 BTUs per ETU. Now suppose that version said:
An update consists of 60 empire time units. And suppose that exactly that many had passed since the last time you got BTUs. You multiply 20 by 60 and get 1200 BTUs. But since the maximum is 640, you'd have 640 BTUs. Note that if your capital were a mountain sector, it would make only 20 * 0.5% = 0.1 BTUs per time unit. You'd get only 6 BTUs then.