Buildings and Orbitals

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Constructing Orbitals

Orbitals are large space stations constructed in orbit of stars or planets. There are many types of orbitals, all with different purposes and capabilities.

Orbitals can be built by any planet you control which has Labor. You may order the construction of an Orbital in any star system within your Empire's Tradable Area that you have vision of.

To create an orbital, select the 'Orbitals' tab from the planet build list and select the orbital you'd like to build. Once selected, you may then tell the planet where to build the orbital and it will then begin the orbital's construction.

Constructing Buildings

Buildings are large complexes constructed on the surface of your planets. They cost money to construct and maintain, but can help improve aspects of your economy where needed.

To construct a building, select the 'Buildings' tab from the planet build list and select the building to construct. Then move your mouse cursor to the planet surface display on the left and choose a location on the planet to build at.

Developed Tiles

Some of the tiles on the planet surface will have a black outline. These tiles are considered Developed by your civilian population. The higher the planet's population, the more developed tiles it will gain.

Constructing buildings on developed tiles reduces the maintenance cost of the building. The civilian population will also develop tiles you've already constructed buildings on over time.

Civilian Infrastructure

Your civilian population will construct their own buildings on the planet surface. These civilian buildings consist of Cities and Production Buildings.

Cities will always be constructed to house your population. They do not produce any resources but are necessary.

Production Buildings will be constructed to match the pressures of all the resources available at the planet. Only up to your Pressure Cap in production buildings will be built.

Every planet level has its own starting values for population, base income and base pressure cap. These values are as follows:

Level 0:
1 Population, -§80k, 0 Pressure Capacity
Level 1:
3 Population, §250k, 1 Pressure Capacity
Level 2:
8 Population, §500k, 14 Pressure Capacity
Level 3:
16 Population, §800k, 32 Pressure Capacity
Level 4:
24 Population, §1M, 60 Pressure Capacity
Level 5:
36 Population, §1.6M, 100 Pressure Capacity

See Also: FAQ: What is Pressure?