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Oldgateboatdriver said:Now that is an interesting suggestion!
Or as they say: we lose money on every sale, but we make it up in volume! Or in this case: by government "x": we lose money on every ship sold to another country (because of the subsidies we give our yards), but make it up on every of our ships we purchase abroad (and benefit from the subsidies their government give their shipyards).
Except that this isn't private sector purchasing. The second the public finds out that we sold our $1.5 Billion supply ships for $750 Million, they'll be in uproar. It won't matter that we managed to buy AORs from Spain for $750 Million a piece, thereby balancing it all out; they will just see us taking a $750 Million loss.