Imperator: Rome is a true statesman's game. It has the players tackle virtually every possible aspect of managing a country like a true Imperator. While it's fun to have absolute power, it's not easy, and the game's no stranger to various warning states, such as the ominous 'bad research ratio'.
Imperator: Rome bad research ratio signifies a faulty approach to research and technology that you might have accidentally taken. There are ways to fix this, though you'll definitely want to tackle it early on, before the deficiency can really harm your Imperium.
How to Fix Bad Research Ratio in Imperator: Rome?
The fix for the research efficacy error is simple: increase the number of citizens you've got, compared to other population types. Not everyone is a citizen in the Imperium of Rome, remember, but those who are, will provide you with boosts to research and happiness overall. It's a good investment, to be sure.
Since it's freemen you'll be providing citizenship to, it's worth noting that doing so in excessive quantities might strip you of the entirety of your workforce. Since the freemen are your manpower, and the citizens your "scientists", the only healthy way to go about balancing them is to maintain a solid, stable ratio between the two factions.
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