Grist is the term for the resources collected by the Protectorate to fuel their war machine. On the field, the Protectorate identify Grist with a series of coloured geometric shapes to identify different concentrations of resources.
When a Protectorate unit is destroyed, or a unit or structure is destroyed with a Protectorate weapon, they drop their full value in Grist. After 10 seconds, it becomes active and you can pick it up; one hundred and twenty seconds after that, the Grist disappears. Grist is instantly collected by Technics when it enters the collection radius around the machine, and is converted to funds on the spot.
Certain weapons will destroy a target or a Protectorate unit so completely that they will not drop Grist.