I am actually interested in the economics of workshops for the AI.
Is it really that beneficial for them to even make workshops?
A faction has to obviously spend time to build the things and it adds to a base of production and pays itself back over time.
Does it really impact the AI? Are we sure that the AI is producing things according to the same rules the players are?
It sure seems to me like the AI produces a whole lot more than I do at the baseline.
If it is producing like I am, then it is getting more done by not building workshops.
If it isn't producing like I am, then it sure seems to get enough done by just doing what it is doing.
Maybe the AI isn't limited by the production stat or by the unrest stat like I am?
Maybe the production and unrest stats are not really what controls the AI's production and maybe the reason players do better than AIs is not really related to those things?