NickAragua : Umm... just to clairfy some things. The difficulty level has no bearing whatsoever on your starting funds (always between $4,125,000 and $4,155,000) or what the countries give you (always between $5,985,000 and $6,015,000). On top of this, your starting funds are directly related
to country funding by the following equation: Starting Funds = Countries Funding - $1,860,000.
Bomb Bloke : I can see someone is on top of the ball! What you stumbled upon was going to be my next question! Anyhow, I tested this out a while ago and was totally confused by my results.
Start up a new game and write down :
1) The countries funding level
2) The salary and maintenance charge ($2,579,000 for PSX, $2,634,000 for PC - but this depends on your version) and
3) Your funds (or account, or kitty).
Now, run through that month without purchasing, hiring, or building anything and write down those three numbers again. Because you did not hire anyone or build any base facilities, the salary and maintenance charge is unchanged. Finally, compare the numbers you get! For example, I had :
Countries Funds Salary & Maint. Your Funds
START(1st Month) $5,990,000 $2,579,000 $4,130,000
START(2nd Month) $5,527,000 * $2,579,000 $7,541,000
* : For the first month I had a score of -541, hence the $463,000 reduction in funding. This is an important number - see below.
For the start of the 2nd month, your funds should be equal to the following equation:
Your Funds(start month 2) = Your Funds(start month 1) + [Countries Funds(start month 2) - Salary & Maint.(start month 2)]
So plugging in the values and solving the equation for Your Funds(start month 2) you get :
Your Funds(start month 2) = $4,130,000 + [$5,527,000 - $2,579,000]
Your Funds(start month 2) = $4,130,000 + $2,948,000
Your Funds(start month 2) = $7,078,000
Your Actual Funds = $7,541,000 or $463,000 more than expected!!! Hmm...
So either your Salary & Maint is $463,000 less (highly unlikely since you did not sack anyone or remove a base facility) OR
the countries are paying you $463,000 more.
Solving the above equation for current countries funds(month 2) you get :
$7,541,000 = $4,130,000 + [Countries Funds(month 2) - $2,579,000]
Current Countries Funds(month 2) = $7,541,000 - $4,130,000 + $2,579,000
Current Countries Funds(month 2) = $5,990,000 ---> or Countries Funds(month 1) !?! Hmm...
What this means is that even though you had a bad month, the countries are still paying you their original funding!! Am I calculating something wrong here?
I will try this with a positive score in the first month and report back tomorrow. Maybe this is a little different!