Well this is weird and annoying, in my current game with the beta patch I had forgotten to erase the contents of the file and was thus "rewarded" with the -5 NM hit (curiously I as the CP was penalized immediately after getting to 110, but the WE had been sitting at that from the 1st turn with no repercussions...). I then erased the file, but a few turns later I was again hit with the NM penalty to "balance" the game. Any ideas what's going on? Is there a duplicate of the file somewhere?
Edit: somehow Notepad++ was showing the file as empty after editing and saving even though it wasn't. Too bad I suffered a whopping -15 NM before realizing how to fix the situation