"When executing the secondary option of the Technology strategy, you may execute both the primary and secondary abilities."
There's this implication that in order to execute the secondary ability of the Tech SC, you NEED 8 (or 6) resource points. If you don't have the necesary resources, then you cannot benefit from this special ability - is this correct?
Say another player uses Tech II, at which point the Jol-Nar player has only 5 resources available. Can the latter still use the tech ability, effectively getting for free a tech that he wouldn't be able to buy otherwise?
Yes, I know, the Jol-Nar can choose to not pay this price, but it makes sense he should have those resources available in order to have said option available. If the Jol-Nar doesn't have these resources, then he can't activate its racial tech ability, period.
Or, to get to the bottom of it: if the Jol-Nar have, say, 0 resources, can they still use their tech related ability, yes or no?
And then, as an addenda, would those resources (TCs not included) be made up of only non-exhausted planets or can they also include exhausted planets (that is, spent resources)?
Sorry for the opening a new thread, but while searching the forum for an answer to this question, I haven't found a precise answer to it.