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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.
Code:


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.
Code:

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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A Detinus expeditionary force is being assembled to liberate slaves in the Twilight Periphery. Stung by the wit of the Wimble Dinash, Admiral Bridge is leading a personal and sizeable force against the newly constituted Flagritz Republic.

The Wimble Bake Off has new competition with the Dominion instituting a Master Chef competition in the Orion Spur. This is all said to be a cover for further land grabs and in preparation for a move against the Hive and Dewiek, tipping the balance further in the Stellar Empire’s favour.

Meanwhile, the Wimbles struck off a number of hapless Wimbles under their new rules. To cement their plan to align themselves with the Stellar Empire, they have offered the services of their new masters to the Emperor.

Several hundred thousand slaves have been released by the Flagritz Republic but the terms of their manumission are unclear. Millions more await their emancipation. Many have refused to accept freedom without transit home, especially those brought in from outside peripheries. Many reportedly were captured by the Stellar Empire from the Detinus Republic and then sold on to the Flagritz.

 
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The ship PRV HarCop Omega has been reported both in Orion and Corewards. This was the flagship of the former League Chairman, sacked from the role when the League went into administration and quietly disappearing beyond the edge of known space. It is thought that his return may have been for a clandestine meeting with his former contacts in Harlong and Coptuv. If so then he clearly has an agenda.

Unconfirmed stories that the Pirate King of The Pirate Holes and Million Islands is near completing research on the various larger ships his pirates have successfully captured over the past few years (big thanks to all the affiliations that participated in 'donating' ships). If the rumours are true it is likely a new armada of pirate ships using more advanced technology will be found in Corewards in the near future.

An supernova has been detected originating from just beyond the Transpiral Periphery. The rare event has created ripples in the subspace of the nearby stars. Nobody has reported any tangible ramifications but this is the first supernova in the current age of the Peripheries so esoteric scientists are excited by the prospect of grants to study the relatively nearby phenomena.
 
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The Wimble Crisis of 217 has come to an end with the human Baron making way to the wimble Grandfather Paden Mastaak. Celebrations were held in Wimbledon upon the news with crack teams of Wimble security staff guarding all the pies.

It’s unclear how long the Wimbles will enjoy this new era of peace and self-determination.

Vocal Wimble Dinasha, one of Paden’s early backers, has chosen this precarious moment to bait Dewiek, Flagritz and humans who were initially disposed to be friendly to the new administration. Whilst the Wimbles' history with the former-slave-loving Flagritz could be understood, their animosity towards the Dewiek and humans was more mysterious. One insider alluded to a rise in the number of cases of foot-and-mouth across the herd as being a likely cause.

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The stargates are closed! Reports from multiple sources indicate at least three of the stargates, all within Dewiek controlled systems, have been closed.

Two different sources have indicated that the TCA have been spotted recently in a number of systems and may be behind this turn of events. A scan sent to the SSS indicated eight TCA ships were recently spotted first in the Faery system and later near the Kasmer stargate.

Another source, suspiciously put the blame on the ARC, suggesting the ARC and DEN were working together because they “need to trap [the TCA] and try and finish them off after the DEN bodged their operation to protect the ARC while they incinerated the MEK homeworld, which ended up with several ARC ships being destroyed and the job only being half done."

However, with no public statement from the Dewiek themselves, its hard to know whether these rumours are reliable.

Lord Igor of the Dominion and Erasmus Andersen of the Garcia Family both offered public apologies at the delay in meeting their trade commitments because of the recent closures. The not-so-subtle subtext being that someone will pay with blood for this interference in their business. Or at least with a stealthy price rise.

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The Flagritz Empire is no more! The Flagritz Republic is reborn! Quick on the heel of the collapse of the Empire, the Fessin caste declared a new era of foreign and economic policy with a rapid withdrawal behind the Black Gate.

The new ecologically-friendly Prime Minister Kayxaer, asked for patience as “economic” reforms were undertaken. It remains to be seen whether there will be any price to pay for the dramatic changes being made by the reclusive Flagritzi or whether it will all be sunshine and rainbows going forward.

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*** Bravo for Freedom ***

Naplian Forces have attacked three human pirate outposts in the Morroglyph system. A spokesperson for Naplia HQ told the press that the plucky duct-tape loving free people would continue their war against slavers and pirates in their home periphery.

One salty Naplian libertarian told the SSS, “The people of the Naplian Home Periphery are sick and tired of human criminals coming here just because their homeworld is an overcrowded hell. It’s time for them to go back home.”

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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).
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