I have only 4 WC, in two of them I chose the -10 local autonomy in territories. My economy was much better in the endgame than in the two games in wich I chose the plus five states. It is situational, there is no obvious choice.Well it was a bad government reform before as it was. I mean, who actually took that rather than the increased state limit?
But now? A 5% decrease would be pathetic. So what if it's 50% "better"? 50% more than 0.01 income a month is still worthless. Goind down to 65% autonomy wasn't really worth it as it was, to make it worth actually choosing it would need to end up lower than that and that hasn't changed despite the change.
But with the new rules no way the reform can take the autonomy to 65. Otherwise no one playing really wide will state anymore, but rely only on territories, since you will have 35% of the benefits of a state but taking only 25% of your admin capacity.