I mean, of course, they make sense when you can have one with an empire on an equal footing with your own, but in my experience, it`s an extreme rarity. I understand that the benefits of a research agreement only apply to the technologies of the other empire, but not theirs? I am still harassed by neighbors in the Compared Stone Age, who ask me to have a monthly influence to help them speed up their research when I receive nothing from the agreement. Unless I miss something. Favors can be negotiated through diplomatic trade or obtained through events and have two purposes. First, an empire can invoke Favors to add the diplomatic clout of another empire to its own when it passes resolutions in the galactic community, as long as it doesn`t already vote identically. An active connection to sensors allows the enemy to locate your inhabited planets, research stations, mines, and your entire infrastructure in general. Ideas that come with enthusiasm and enthusiasm bring inspiring quality.. . . .