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"Everyone builds on other men's failures. There is nothing really original in science." —Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

Trunk technologies

Powerful, yet slow and costly, Trunk technologies represent fundamental changes to your faction's society, granting new units, buildings and abilities — for instance, researching Mechanisation unlocks more powerful aircraft and tanks, while the penultimate Trunk tech, Atomic Power, grants access to nuclear bombs.

Industrial Era

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"I would stay out, and work hard as long as possible, then return home at night jaded and tired, go to bed and fall asleep." — Rabindranath Tagore
  • Basic era

Mass Manufacturing

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"Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black." — Henry Ford
  • Cost: 500Knowledge, 500Food

Mechanisation

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"We live in a world of things, and our only connection with them is that we know how to manipulate or to consume them." — Erich Fromm
  • Cost: 1,000Knowledge; 500Food

Electronics

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"We will bring out for them a creature made of Earthly material which will tell them that the people have been uncertain regarding Our revelations." — The Qur'an (27:82)
  • Cost: 1,500Knowledge; 750Food

Synthetics

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"He abhorred plastics, Picasso, sunbathing and jazz — everything in fact that had happened in his own lifetime." — Evelyn Waugh
  • Cost: 2,500Knowledge; 1,000Oil

Atomic Power

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"Now you are death, the Destroyer of Worlds!"Bhagavad Gita
  • Cost: 3,750Knowledge; 1,500Oil

Science research Science

Unlike Rise of Nations, Science research needs oil in order to operate. AND a lot of it too. Although the first 2 or 3 tiers will cost knowledge not oil, other tiers will soon require much oil in addtion to be successfully researched.

RESEARCH LEVEL NAME COST GRANTS ACCESS TO

1
Level 1: Relativity

Relativity

Oil: 100

"What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?" —Albert Einstein

  • Added LOS to Cities and Scout units
  • Access to University

2
Level 2: Ecology

Ecology

Oil: 160
Knowledge: 120

"We all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little."
Oscar Wilde

  • Added LOS to Cities and Scout units
  • Access to Naval Yard

3
Level 3: Statistics

Statistics

Ol.png: 400
Knowledge: 160

"How do you decide a battle is lost? Numbers, strategic advantage, positioning? It's all worth a sparrow's fart."
—David Gemmell, British author

  • Added LOS to Cities and Scout units
  • Prerequisit for unlocking strategic bombers

4
Level 4: Microbiology

Microbiology

Oil: 600
Knowledge: 300

"What is the good of a newborn baby?"Benjamin Franklin, American statesman
  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources.

5
Level 5: Jet Propulsion

Jet
Propulsion

Oil: 1,000
Knowledge: 500

“I have seen the science I worshiped, and the aircraft I loved, destroying the civilization I expected them to serve.” —Charles Lindbergh, American aviator

  • Unlocks rocket infantry: Panzerschreck, Bazooka and PIAT
  • (required for Me-262 and Ohka suicide bomber)

6
Level 6: Computational Systems

Computational Systems

Oil: 1,600
Knowledge: 900

"Suppose now that technology were no mere means, how would it stand with the will to master it?" —Martin Heidegger, German philosopher

  • Access to Rocket Launch Pad
  • (req for some German "super-weapons", notably the Goliath, and SAM sites)

7
Level 7: Nuclear Physics

Nuclear Physics

Oil: 2,000
Knowledge: 1,500

"E=mc2"

Commerce research Commerce

Timber is no longer required. Rather, food will be required to complete commerce research.

RESEARCH LEVEL NAME COST GRANTS ACCESS TO

1
Level 1: Scientific Management

Scientific Management

Knowledge: 100

"The workman who is best suited to handling pig iron is unable to understand the real science of doing his work. " 
— Frederick Taylor

  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources.
  • Access to Market; Foundry; Anchorage

2
Level 2: Radio Broadcast

Radio Broadcast

'Food: 160
Knowledge: 100

"Our English radio broadcasts are being taken with deadly seriousness in England. Lord Haw-Haw's name is on everybody lips." —Josef Goebbels

  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources
  • Access to Naval Yard

3
Level 3: Fiscal Reserves

Fiscal Reserves

'Food200
Knowledge: 160

"Every penny gives the right vote."
Ludwig von Mises

  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources

4
Level 4: Stock Exchange

Stock Exchange

'Knowledge: 360
'''Food: 250

"Finance enchains with golden bonds states and peoples: the economy becomes nomadic, [and] life uprooted."
Alfred Rosenberg
  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources.

5
Level 5: Mass Communication

Mass Communication

Knowledge: 650
Food: 400

“The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill-bucket.” — George Orwell

  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources.

6
Level 6: Financial Regulation

Financial Regulation

Knowledge: 1,300
Food: 850

"The conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices."— Adam Smith

  • +100 to your Commerce Limit on all resources.

7
Level 7: National Infrastructure

National Infrastructure

'Knowledge: 1,800
Food: 1,200

"Make straight in the desert a highway for our God." — Isaiah 40:3

  • Maximum commerce limit on all resources reached.
  • (required to build super battleship projects, SAM defence system, missile systems)
  • Access to Coastal Battery; Major City

Civics research Civics

Civics research increases the number of cities you can build and also unlocks various buildings, units and upgrades in conjunction with other tech tracks, but the most common use for it is expanding your effective control of the land through your cities.

Note

Previously, Food was required, but its place has been taken over mainly by Wealth.

RESEARCH LEVEL NAME COST GRANTS ACCESS TO

1
Level 1: Realpolitik

Realpolitik

Wealth: 100

"I have not come into this world to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses." —Adolf Hitler

2
Level 2: Grassroots Movements

Grassroots Movements

Knowledge: 100
Wealth: 100

"You may not be interested in the dialectic, but the dialectic is interested in you." —Leon Trotsky

3
Level 3: Separation of Powers

Separation of Powers

Wealth: 240
Knowledge: 100

"The less people know about how sausages and laws are made, the better they sleep in the night."
— Otto von Bismarck

  • +1 City limit, increases Border push.

4
Level 4: Intergovernmental Initiative

Intergovernmental Initiative

'Knowledge: 460
Wealth: 340

"We are not Duke Xiang of Song and have no use for his idiotic virtue and morality." —Mao Zedong
  • +1 City limit, increases Border push.
  • Unlocks attack aircraft for all factions other than France and Japan.
  • Unlocks, modern tanks AT guns and tank destroyer conversions at Foundry

5
Level 5: New Deal

New Deal

Knowledge: 500
Wealth: 500

"More than machinery we need humanity."
Charlie Chaplin

  • +1 City limit, increases Border push.

6
Level 6: Pacts and Alliances

Pacts and Alliances

Knowledge: 800
Wealth: 500

'"I believe it is peace in our time." —Neville Chamberlain, on the Munich Agreement

  • +1 City limit, increases Border push.
  • unlocks Capitalism, State Property and Militarism from the National Assembly.
  • required to grant access to loaned weapons.

7
Level 7: Superpower

Superpower

'Knowledge: 700
Wealth: 900

"France cannot be France without greatness." —Charles de Gaulle

  • Maximum City limit reached.
  • Maximum Border push achieved

Military research Military

In addition to effects explained in exhaustive detail elsewhere, Military research is now required to unlock various armoured vehicles.

RESEARCH LEVEL NAME COST GRANTS ACCESS TO

1
Level 1: Arms Dealers

Arms 
Dealers

Wealth: 100

"Would you pay that price for an object however worthy it may appear to you to be?"
—Mahatma Gandhi, to Adolf Hitler

  • Increased Pop cap.
  • Unlocks Flughof.png, Bunker1.png, Zeughaus.png.
     

2
Level 2: Homeland Security

Homeland Security

Metal: 100
Wealth: 100

"Have you ever seen how captured criminals sleep? They sleep quietly, they enjoy their new security." —Nietzsche

  • Increased Pop cap.
  • Unlocks Bauhof.png, Naval yard.
  • Required to construct any and all armoured vehicles, including Tankettes, as well as advanced aircraft.

3
Level 3: PsyOps

PsyOps

Metal: 200
Knowledge: 160

"We must create an impression of mastery. Anyone who opposes us and what we believe in must be shot."
— Emilio Mola, Spanish Civil War general

  • Increased Pop cap.
  • required for flame tanks and advanced flamethrowers
  • Unlocks Bunker.png.

4
Level 4: Armoured Corps Doctrine

Armoured Corps Doctrine

Knowledge: 360
Metal: 250

"If the tanks succeed, then victory follows." —Heinz Gulderian
  • Increased Pop cap.
  • Required for further upgrades of all tanks from [2] onward, this is replaced by political research if on loan from someone else.
  • Unlocks attack aircraft for all factions other than France and Japan.
  • Unlocks, modern tanks AT guns and tank destroyer conversions at Foundry

5
Level 5: Nation-in-Arms

Nation-in-Arms

Knowledge: 650
Metal: 400

"War is the natural state of the people!" —Benito Mussolini

  • Increased Pop cap.

6
Level 6: Combined Arms Approach

Combined Arms Approach

Knowledge: 1,300
Metal: 500

"All of the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters, either. Every single man in this Army plays a vital role." —George S. Patton

  • Increased Pop cap.
  • SPG and assault conversions

7
Level 7: Guided Munitions

Guided Munitions

Knowledge: 1,800
Metal: 1,200

"Civilization has done nothing practical to alter or deflect the impulse to destroy the enemy, which is central to the very idea of war."
—Carl von Clausewitz, Vom Krieg

  • Increased Pop cap.
  • Required for V2, R7 and R1

See also

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