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Infrastructure - Audit World

Infrastructure Orders - Audit World
Those currently involved in developing worlds will have seen progress on orders over the past few months as these are as much a tool for the GM because they are useful in determining results. Currently there are four orders in various states of readiness. All currently have the suffix Infrastructure though at some point, probably after they become live, the order editor will be upgraded to include a section specifically for infrastructure orders. I can see more infrastructure orders appearing as this section of the game develops in time.

Infrastructure - Audit World
Infrastructure - Audit Base
Infrastructure - Give Item
Infrastructure - Civilian Claims
Infrastructure - Establish Government

Initially this article was going to describe all orders but it started to spiral out of control and has pushed back the deadline twice already as each day seems to bring new points that need coding into the orders. As such it has been decided to deal with each other individually over the next few issues.

Details of Infrastructure such as stages and techs can be found in the Library>Rules>Pubmeet>Infrastructure. This section will soon be moved to the rules as infrastructure is activated.

Audit World is best one to start with as it allows players to look at the worlds in the game as it stands and start to formulate plans as the other orders become active.


Conversion from Phoenix
At the point of conversion from Beyond the Stellar Empire (BSE) to Phoenix, more than a decade ago, some rather basic values were calculated for the world based on populations generated by removing colonists from colonies and applying a factor set by the GM at the time of conversion. These produced reasonable values for trade and merchandising based on the size of colonies present in the game at the time. In a few cases though we had to make affiliations viable at the point of conversion based on their troops and overheads as these were viable affiliations under BSE mechanics. This required anything from minor tweaking to jackhammers taken to merchandising on some worlds just to get stellar incomes required. As a consequence some worlds simply defy the infrastructure mechanics as presented, though this has rarely been an issue as merchandising and trade values have been effectively static.

Things however have come a long way in the intervening years. The increase in cargo capacity of ships, the production bases of affiliations and the increase in ships moving around largely due to the change from pay per ship turn to free turns has allowed for material to be built and shifted the length and breadth of the Peripheries with relative ease. It took HQ around five years to reach 1 million colonists, the first class 10 colony in BSE and this colony was in the same star system as the source of colonists. By comparison, the Mohache moved around a million civilians from Yank to Solo in a week.

Audit World
The model for infrastructure as now defined in the rules is very close to the one used when developing Corewards which in itself was codified to not be far from the otherwise empirical method that defined the conversion from BSE to Phoenix.

The audit world order calculates the merchandising and trade for the world based on the current population rating (which has already been set through a GM tool) and any techs that have been integrated into the infrastructure either as part of the development of Corewards or player actions elsewhere in the Peripheries. Slight changes in the development of infrastructure between the creation of Corewards and the writing of the infrastructure rules means that a few worlds in Corewards are slightly out, through for the most part agree.
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Determine grassroots infrastructure values for Relinkis in Fonnud.
Sentient Population: 11742000
World flagged as stage 3
Current technology integrated into world infrastructure:
Basic Colonisation Support
Industry
Transport
Advanced Colonisation Support
Infrastructure Development
Merchandising Calculated Actual
Global Max: 150 150
Global Drop: 3 3
Local Max: 450 450
Local Drop: 31 31
Drop Step: 10 10
Trade: 120565 137420
Trade Mult: 1.2 1.2

In the older regions of the game however the divergence can be quite high:
Code:

Determine grass roots infrastructure values for Ladder in Starling.
Sentient Population: 489000
World flagged as stage 1
Current technology integrated into world infrastructure:
Basic Colonisation Support
Merchandising Calculated Actual
Global Max: 63 90
Global Drop: 3 3
Local Max: 228 270
Local Drop: 35 26
Drop Step: 10 10
Trade: 17835 15640
Trade Mult: 2 1.932

So, what happens when a world's calculated and actual values are different?
Nothing. The values as currently set will continue to be the ones used. This said, if a player has the only starbase on the world and wishes the values to be changed such that all match the calculations, this can be achieved using a free special action. Where multiple starbases exist as above, providing consensus is reached.

What happens if a player wishes to improve the infrastructure of a world which is not consistent with its calculated values?
The blanket answer is that they cannot unless they have been specifically been told that they can in a special action - which will undoubtedly pre-date the latest round of upgrades.

What happens if a world is highly unusual, will there be exceptions?
Some worlds are unique in the game on account of their history. Such worlds include those in the Halo Periphery and may include the locations of significant historical events or some other feature generally detailed in special actions and investigations. In these cases, the players may explore through investigations if there is a Unique Cultural Modifier that can account for some of the divergence. If such a cultural divergence exists then the player can request that the world is updated so as to include the tech. Issuing the audit world again will determine its new calculated values. They may then want to update the world, setting the actual values to be the same as the calculated ones. Once updated, the world will then be able to be upgraded through standard infrastructure rules.

Unique Cultural Modifiers
There are two types of modifier, direct and limit. Direct modifiers alter a stat, e.g. Global Drop +10. Limiters set a maximum or minimum on a stat, e.g. Local Drop (Min25). Limiters are likely only to occur where a world has wildly skewed stats and no integrated technology accounting for them. This prevents them becoming even more skewed through integrating technology.

Where there is no case for Unique Cultural Modifiers
Where a world is typical and there is no reason for a Unique Cultural Modifier, it is still possible to integrate techs, though until such times as the player wishes to set the world to its calculated values, there will be no benefit for doing so, except that they are not currently being penalised by having the world downgraded.

In the Ladder in Starling example above, the player may feel that the benefit from merchandising outweighs the lack of trade sales. As such the player first integrates Industry, Agriculture and Transport and increases the population by 300,000 before asking for the world to be updated as the trade increase exceeds the merchandising loss.
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Determine grassroots infrastructure values for Ladder in Starling.
Sentient Population: 789000
World flagged as stage 1
Current technology integrated into world infrastructure:
Basic Colonisation Support
Industry
Transport
Agriculture
Merchandising Calculated Actual
Global Max: 81 90
Global Drop: 3 3
Local Max: 288 270
Local Drop: 32 26
Drop Step: 10 10
Trade: 22335 15640
Trade Mult: 2.15 1.932




Unique and Non-standard Techs
As well as unique cultural modifiers, it is possible to develop unique and non-standard techs. These work in exactly the same manner as standard techs, for example, Industry, granting +0.1 trade multiplier and -2 local drop, but can only be researched and integrated under special circumstances as discovered through roleplay and special actions. It will be rare that more than 1 can be applied to a single world in a region of space while others may be unique in the game universe. Examples of unique to the Peripheries run along the lines of The Detinus House of Lords (should they build it), while limited to a few worlds may be The best Garden World in the Periphery. Normally these sorts of things are set to Stage 5 - Established Worlds, though lesser ones may be applicable to Stage 4, such as Capital World, where multiple worlds in the system are colonised. A few however may only be applicable to the low stages, becoming obsolete as the population grows. An example might include domed environment, significantly reducing the local drop for a Stage 1 - Initial Colonisation world but incapable of covering a Stage 2 - Colony.

The purpose of these techs is to allow players to customise a world to some degree.

Note that some of these techs may come with running costs and failure to meet them will result in a stellar default or other penalty. Example may be Trade Partner granting an uplift in weekly trade though failure to completely account for all trade on a weekly basis will result in no carry over and a stellar fee equal to the shortfall. Many of these techs will be tied to affiliations and subject to system claims to prevent abuse.


 
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***** Inter Galactic News THE MUSICAL *****

*** Norozov, No More ***

Kantner: No more do I see the starlight caress your cyclops eye
No more feel the tender kisses we used to share
I close my fists and clearly my heart remembers
A thousand goodbyes could never put out the embers

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Chulainn: Oh all the Stellars mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Kantner: No more do I feel the touch of your hand on mine
No more see the love-light making your dark eyes shine
Oh, how I wish I never had caused you sorrow
But don't ever say for us there is no tomorrow

Chulainn: Oh all the ladies mine now!

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before
Please, come back to my arms; we belong together
Come to me; let's be sweethearts again and then let us part no more

Sylvansight: I will have his eye!

Chulainn: Oh the power is mine now!

Chorus: The power is in the eye!

Kantner: Norozov, I love you so, and my heart forever
Will belong to the memory of the love that we knew before.

Lanner: So, old cyclops has finally met his comeuppance
Maybe its time for a comeback

Chorus: No, no one wants you back!

Lanner: I always did like that chair of his…

Chorus: The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!
The power is in the eye!

Continued in this special edition of the SSS...

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** ALIEN CRIMINALS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ***

FILTHY AND DISHONOURABLE Dewiek mercenaries have dared to attack HONEST AND HARDWORKING GTT warships in the Coptuv system.

THEY HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

The Dewiek commander’s lengthy response was appreciated by xenophile and philanthropist HQ Manager Tom Krieger but this does not change the facts.

FURTHER JUSTICE IS EXPECTED AT THE EMPEROR’S PLEASURE. LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR!

Inside this issue of the SSS: * SEDITIOUS FET CHARGED * LIES OF THE FAILED REBELLION * TERRORIST PLOTS FOILED * ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE CRITICISED * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Voice of the Naplian Liberation Front ***

We are the Naplian Liberation Front. We have commandeered this station to bring you important and vital deprogramming. You are a slave of the Galactic Trouser and Tussles Imperium of Unspecified Services! We have witnessed the press ganged upon by Imperial thugs. Rounding up reporters by the thousands and throwing them in weasel dens. Mocking the Great Uncle of the Flagritz. Manufacturing consent out of a lust for imports of wheat cereals! We poor Naplians(*) are given no training and substandard equipment when preparing your nutritious breakfasts. We are sent forward by the Imperial snack commissioners with threats of triple-filing tax returns on unreasonable deadlines! Death would be preferable. We are allegedly paid a wage but have you ever tried to buy anything with just $1? Strangely none of those politicals earning $10,000 or more a week seem to care about our plight. Not to mention that the Imperials throw perfectly good meat into the grinder instead of slow cooking it in black bean sauce. They have no respect for a classic burrito! We are left grieving for young families who have never tasted quality ranch sauce. You don’t need to be a dead Naplian to know the value of a good guacamole.

* No actual Naplians included.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT vs USN * GTT vs NLF * GTT vs IND * GTT vs KAS * GTT vs FET * GTT vs SSS * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire On Warpath ***

The newly re-united Stellar Empire continued to wage war against the Flagritz Empire to bring about galactic peace and freedom for all. The latest system to fall to the inevitable tide of history was Morroglyph in the Coreward Arm. Dewiek intransigence reached fever pitch as the FLZ facilities changed to DEN paws and subsequently became targets of Imperial truth and justice. Despite putting themselves between the past and the future, the DEN seemed to lack much will for an actual fight with Dewiek military commanders adopting “meh” as their watchword.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * GTT smacks NLF * DEN whack MRC * Slaves Liberated * FLZ Retreat * ARC in Orion Spur * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Stellar Empire Re-United ***

Celebrations were held across the vast territories of the Stellar Empire as the two-halves represented by the governments of the Imperials and Caliphate determined to unite. This followed almost inevitably from the assassination of the Caliph, a crime that has gone mysteriously unresolved. The old Caliphate ministers were ‘retired’ and at first it seemed the Imperials had managed what had alluded them for decades.

However, just as orders to claim systems for the IMP went in some places, conflicting orders to claim for the CIA came from Laton. In other systems, it seems overwhelming civilian support lies with the defunct CAL government and there are a number of CIV and CAL bases that seem to have not heeded the CIA nor IMP orders. With all the Caliphate's armaments now in the CIA’s hand and no political leadership in the old government, it seems inevitable that the civilians will be dragged kicking and screaming into the future.

A muted and cautious response from the rest of the galaxy was only to be expected given the formation of a new unrivalled superpower. The chilling effect on public discourse as the Imperial war machine taps into the substantial, if stunted, economies of the former Caliphate will surely be felt for years to come. Does this mark the 'end of history' as we know it?

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * KAS v IMP/GTT v FLZ * DEN v MRC * FOCed by IMP * BHD v DEN * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Imperials Declare War Against Flagritz ***

A declaration of war came last week after an unsatisfactory reply to Imperial ultimatums that the FLZ accept resolution of the previous war. J. Jones issued the following proclamation, "We hope this reminder will prompt them to rethink the status they removed them selves from and come back to more peaceful co-existence.” Doublegood, Viceroy, doublegood!

More on this story inside this issue of the SSS along with: * Species Guide * FEL Barter With GIants * High Times &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Orion Spur Special Edition ***

Explorers of the galaxy rejoiced as knowledge of a new periphery became common knowledge, revealing charts to forty star systems. The Orion Spur is connected to the massive Coreward Arm with rumours that the locals of the Monument system at the heart of this new periphery may have been responsible for the collapse of the HarCorp civilisation.

We have in-depth analysis and information about the new periphery inside this special issue of the SSS.

Also inside this issue of the SSS: * Naplian Liberation Front Reality Show * FLZ v FEL * Mercs in Graydown * DOM Scare Stories * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Hoedown in Graydown ***

Wimbles in the Graydown system have come under repeated attacks by mercenaries. The Wimbles having already lost two outposts have had their ships come under attack by boarders. The Wimbles are pointing a hairy finger at the GTT whilst the DEN are itching to get their paws in.

Pleasantly rotund Wolf Lord Lyceum reported the destruction of one mercenary ship, a Corsair class explorer called "Eye of the Chosen" which had earlier dropped off ground forces flying the banner of "God Hates Wimbles.” Which God and why he or she hates Wimbles has yet to be revealed. We suspect its corporation-loving Mammon.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * Sargasso Update * Wakerians * Naplian Liberation Front * &etc

 
***** Inter Galactic News *****

*** Breaking News: Caliph Samuel Assassinated ***

The nominal head of the Caliphate, Samuel has been murdered in broad daylight at the starbase CAL Sidon in the Fortress system. The allegedly mad zealot was on his way to meet representatives of various civilian factions when a shadowy figure *cough*CIA agent*cough* shot him dead.

The CIA issued the following statement to the SSS with a customary nudge and a wink: "In these difficult times, as we come to terms with the loss of Samuel, we are taking things one day at a time.

"Samuel was not only our Caliph, but our leader during the Second Civil War which laid the foundations for the Confederacy after he left the Human Empire and settled in the Darkfold. It is truly a sad day and one that will be marked in history as one of many great leaders who were cut down in their prime.

"We will strive now to look to the future, whilst remembering our past”

Speculation is rife that this is the first step towards a unification of the two-halves of the Stellar Empire. Others are more hopeful this is a return to the Confederacy or the mark of greater separation with the Imperial bloc. Time will tell what nebulous motives the shadowy puppet-master Laton turned out to have had and which alien faction will be blamed for the Caliph’s murder.

Inside this issue of the SSS: * HEX / FET Invade Sargasso * Magnus v Nevets Fight! * Dewiek Black Hole Disaster * FLZ Correction * &etc

 

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I’ve played on and off for approximately 10 years, over a 20 year spell. After some interesting debate on the in-game forum, I did wonder what, exactly, has kept drawing me back to the game, when for so many others I’ve generally lost interest after a few months.

Ultimately, I think it is a combination of automation (that allows the game to handle thousands of positions to interact on a daily basis) coupled with Special Actions (that allow the story arc to develop in a way that could not be catered for by a set of predefined list of available orders).
-Zigic