If we're having that, the spending should be included in the template. Which brings s straight back to the wheel.
No, we won't be putting spending there.
In the real world, no leader can get the precise tax policy they want. Moreover, civilizations aren't a hive mind (though that makes for an interesting expansion idea).
Speaking for myself, my biggest issue with GalCiv III's planetary spending system is that it acts as if you, the government, somehow can magically not just control the market but make it turn on a dime.
The United States wants to go to Mars? Well, it's a shame the federal government doesn't work like GalCiv. We'd just eliminate all social programs, all private manufacturing and jam it all into that.
Sol system , earth, North America , United States , 20th century
Revving Up a Wartime Economy
In late 1939, a full two years before the United States entered World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided it would be necessary—and perhaps wise—to invest time and money into national defense. Despite his promise to keep the nation out of the war escalating abroad, Roosevelt carefully and deliberately prepared the country for a worst-case scenario. By the spring of 1940, he convinced Congress to increase defense spending, enlarge the army, and expand the U.S. military air fleet. Through billions of dollars in federal spending—largely focused on rearmament and national security—he managed to funnel money into a peacetime draft, increase wages for military personnel, offer subsidies for defense manufacturing, and grant loans to aid Great Britain and the Soviet Union. (Not exactly invoking neutrality in his decision to assist the Allied powers, President Roosevelt noted, "Even a neutral cannot be asked to close his mind or his conscience."13) When Japanese bombers attacked Pearl Harborin December 1941 and the United States became embroiled in world war, the nation was revved for the challenges ahead.
By the first years of American involvement in World War II, wartime manufacturing facilities had been established throughout the nation, creating a tremendous demand for labor. Within months of the U.S. declaration of war, the national unemployment rate plummeted an astounding 10% from its 1940 level. War mobilization—that is, the rapid production of military equipment, vehicles, weapons, and ammunition, along with the fortification of American borders and military bases abroad—coupled with the military draft to create a vast labor shortage. Employers were desperate to fill positions as quickly as possible to meet production demands and needed to hire workers en masse. Positions, then, had to be opened not simply to the traditional labor force, but also to women and non-whites, those who had long been excluded from many skilled and high-paying industries.
The demand for labor was so great all across the nation that proprietors had to offer high wages and other fringe benefits to lure potential laborers—young, old, married, unmarried, white, black, immigrant, and women—away from competitors. Businesses practically begged for workers, offering extraordinary incentives such as medical care, exemption from the military draft, daycare facilities, and even paid maternity leave, a perk previously unimagined! To be sure, these were surreal shifts for so many Americans affected by the Great Depression and intimately familiar with scarcity and hopelessness.
A Penny Saved Is a Penny Earned
Wartime mobilization contributed not merely to a temporary respite from the Great Depression, but planted the seeds for tremendous post-war economic growth. In order to maintain a military large enough and strong enough to fight on two major war fronts, the federal government required most manufacturers to halt production of consumer items. Car manufacturers, for instance, were ordered to cease normal operations and, instead, to assemble armored vehicles to be used on the battlefield.
The federal government also asked Americans to conserve, conserve, conserve! Certain consumer products made scarce by the war, such as gasoline, steel, rubber, coffee, butter, oil, and meat, were rationed in order to prevent shortages and ensure the availability of these items to all citizens, not just to the very rich. Americans, through the use of "ration stamps," were authorized to purchase a limited quantity of each product, and families often gave up many creature comforts altogether.
While Americans had fewer products to buy, they were earning much more than ever before. As a result, families were compelled to save money throughout the war years. Once the war ended and manufacturers discontinued production for war mobilization, consumer products once again filled store shelves. A population buoyed by full employment, rising wages, growing prosperity, and renewed national confidence began to spend—and to spend enthusiastically!
"The war gave a lot of people jobs," Peggy Terry, a riveter during the war, remembers; "It led them to expect more than they had before."15 New expectations, new wages, and new options created by World War II home front mobilization sparked a postwar economic boom and the most prosperous period in the nation's history.[/quote]
Okay, it was kind of a complex situation & the postwar influx of former Nazionale scientists combined with the general wreckage much of Europe was left dragging it down had a lot of complicated continuing effects on things... but it would be pretty awesome if all that sort of stuff could eventually be reflected