There are many discussions to be had on the lack of balances in gameplay, many of which are only amplified through Andradite’s fast speed.
However there is no reason to discuss any of them without first addressing the fact that certain player(s) are knowingly, and intentionally, violating every game mechanic they can to cheat & exploit in clear violation of the terms of service without any consequence, and despite the fact that this has been reported & has gone on for years!
As Op mentions, there are multiple planets being used to generate hundreds of thousands of credits with no power or workforce.
There are multiple planets being loaded past max population that are being used to generate more resources than would be possible without cheating.
Almost every planet, including the ones above, are being loaded with hundreds of thousands of troops despite having 0 military bases since they won’t die off fast enough, as to be impossible to invade.
Planets are also being shared routinely between alternative accounts in order to go past the syntis planet capacity while building up an alt account with fully built up planets.
Fleets are literally being given away to alt accounts in order to bypass the Syntis max fleet capacity in order to field a larger army at any one time (102 Fleets in orbit split between both accounts).
And, perhaps worst of all, said player mentioned above is literally, in-game and on these very forums, bragging about exploiting the game, in no way trying to hide what’s being done, and if this follows the historical trend with this same player, there will be zero consequences! He has literally said, on these very forums, “When I will have enough (from my perspective) I will go to bomb everyone [in the galaxy]”. Players in andradite are literally being expected to compete with someone who is cheating, in clear and public violation of the ToS, and using those cheats to gain an insurmountable advantage.
The game isn’t balanced, it just isn’t. I have many things to say about game balance once I find the time, but there is literally no reason to discuss balance without first discussing how the games rules can be repeatedly broken without consequence by players whom have no intentions of reporting in these bugs and whom will literally go to these forums and brag about breaking the game once they are caught and there is community outrage!
There is quite literally no reason for anyone to play a game where exploiters reign supreme, players playing by the game mechanics are crushed, and the devs turn the other direction. The andradite galaxy, and future galaxies, can and will only be, a failure when the game at its fundamental core is being exploited by players to come out on top without any effort to punish them for knowing exploiting the game. Even if these exploits are fixed, as they need to be, the advantage gained during the time it took them to be fixed, ensures these players are able to crush any equivalent player solely because they cheated and knew they could get away with it.
PS: Watch me get name called and cussed at for this post just like I am in-game, in clear violation of the chat rules.