When you look at Country statistics in Earth 2, you will notice that on second place is a “Country” called International territory:
In Earth 2, all land that is not part of a country is considered International territory. But what does “part of a country” mean? Take the Netherlands for example. The kingdom of the Netherlands consists of 4 countries: Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and the Netherlands. It also includes 3 public bodies located in the Caribbean region: Bonaire, St Eustacius and Saba.
Let’s take a look at the current tile price in the Netherlands:
As you can see, at the time of writing one tile in the Netherlands costs $2.316. Now let’s take a look at the tile price on Aruba:
As you can see, on the constituent country of Aruba the International territory price applies (which in the mean time has gone up to $3.072). To me, this doesn’t make sense. Aruba should have its own tile price. And it gets even worse when we look at the tile price on Bonaire, which is actually a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands:
On Bonaire, the International territory tile price of $3.072 also applies. This means that a tile in the Netherlands is actually a lot cheaper than a tile on Bonaire, which is just a small island with the legal status of a Dutch town…
So when you want to buy tiles that belong to a certain country, be sure to check that the area isn’t considered International territory.