are affected by the minimum autonomy in territories modifier, but most of these maluses (penalties to manpower, etc) can be partially offset by trade company investments.
2 trade goods and 200 production (since its in 4 provinces) for the same price of 1 manufactory and 1 workshop.
So, where do i do the actual investments? Cant find a menu anywhere, not in the buildings section, not the trade section (in that case i missed it). Background i get the popup thing up to the left that sayd you can afford trade company investments - brokers office,.
If you have dharma, you can go to a trade company province and at the bottom of the state window are the investments. It scrolls! That should have been more obvious sooner, but since google took me here, im actually replying.
Usually i dont care about that much because it need too much time to return me base investment, like, far more than one hundred year in severe case i have the notification show up that says i can afford trade.
You have to click on the provinces in each trade node and then go to the state tab, there you can spend ducats to gain trade, production, and military bonuses.
R5 50 years ago i was broke because i was in massive debt, so i moved my capital into europe and made all indian provinces trade companies.
from what ive gathered, all contintents can be trade companies now. The count for 50 governing capacity, compared to the 0 state req in previous patches. The big nerf that makes trade companies weaker this patch is the fact that they go from 0 autonomy cap, to 80.