Over Colonization Endless Space 2
Over Colonization in Endless Space 2: A Guide to Avoiding the Pitfalls of Expansion
Endless Space 2 is a 4X strategy game that lets you explore, expand, exploit and exterminate your way through a vast galaxy. However, expanding too fast and too far can have negative consequences for your empire. This is known as over colonization, and it can lead to unhappiness, unrest, anarchy and bankruptcy. In this article, we will explain what over colonization is, how it works, and how you can avoid or mitigate its effects.
What is Over Colonization?
Over colonization is a mechanic that limits how many systems you can colonize without suffering penalties. Each system you colonize adds to your over colonization threshold, which is determined by your empire size and your technology level. If you exceed your over colonization threshold, you will start to lose approval on all your systems. Approval is a measure of how happy your population is, and it affects your FIDSI output (Food, Industry, Dust, Science and Influence). Low approval can also trigger events such as rebellions, strikes and revolutions.
The over colonization penalty is calculated as follows:
Penalty = -10 * (Number of Systems - Over Colonization Threshold)
For example, if you have 10 systems and your over colonization threshold is 8, you will have a penalty of -20 approval on all your systems. This means that if your systems had 80 approval before, they will now have 60 approval.
How to Avoid or Mitigate Over Colonization?
There are several ways to avoid or mitigate the effects of over colonization. Here are some of them:
Be selective about where you colonize. Not all systems are worth colonizing. You should look for systems that have strategic resources, luxury resources, anomalies or high FIDSI potential. You can use scouts and probes to explore the galaxy and find the best systems for your empire. You should also avoid colonizing systems that are too close to other empires or pirates, as they may cause conflicts or require more defenses.
Research technologies that increase your over colonization threshold. There are several technologies in the Economy and Trade quadrant that can help you expand without penalties. For example, the Galactic Commodities technology increases your over colonization threshold by 1 for each luxury resource deposit in your empire. The Inter-Species HR technology increases your over colonization threshold by 5% for each minor civilization assimilated in your empire. The Galactic Markets technology increases your over colonization threshold by 10% for each trade company headquarters in your empire.
Use laws and system improvements that boost your approval. There are several ways to increase your approval through laws and system improvements. For example, the Religious government type has a law called Content Citizens that sets all your systems' approval to Content (50%), regardless of any other factors. The Ecologist party has a law called Ecological Preservation that gives +5 approval per planet on fertile or temperate systems. The Industrialist party has a law called Industrial Landscaping that gives +5 approval per planet on barren or lava systems. The Pacifist party has a law called Peace & Love that gives +10 approval per system with at least one pacifist population. The Militarist party has a law called Martial Law that gives +10 approval per system with at least one militarist population. The Scientist party has a law called Scientific Revolution that gives +10 approval per system with at least one scientist population.
Use luxury resources to upgrade your systems. You can use luxury resources to upgrade your systems and increase their FIDSI output and approval. Each system can be upgraded up to five times, and each upgrade requires a different luxury resource. You can choose which luxury resource to use for each upgrade, depending on what bonuses you want. For example, using Hyperium for the first upgrade gives +5% Science on system, while using Eden Incense for the first upgrade gives +10 Approval on system.
Trade or gift systems you don't need to other empires or minor civilizations. If you have too many systems and you don't want to deal with the over colonization penalty, you can trade or gift some of them to other empires or minor civilizations. This can also improve your relations with them and earn you some influence, dust or resources. However, you should be careful not to give away systems that are strategically important or have valuable resources.
Over colonization is a mechanic that limits how many systems you can colonize without suffering penalties. It is designed to prevent snowballing and to encourage strategic expansion. However, it can also be avoided or mitigated by using various technologies, laws, system improvements and luxury resources. By following these tips, you can expand your empire without compromising your approval and FIDSI output.
For more information about Endless Space 2, you can visit the official website, the Steam page, or the wiki. You can also join the discussion on the Steam forums or the subreddit. Happy colonizing!