I would like to be able to mine a planet without having to go the full extend of colonising it.
Please can we have the ability to establish mining bases specifically able to survive in harsh environments, so I can establish a mining operation on most/if not any planet.
This is the sort of thing you always see in those deep space movies, or similar to here on earth where we cannot survive in environments like Antarctica, but we can send people to live and work with specialised bases.
I would see it working in a simple manner where the base would extract resources to the surface for collection.
Once on the surface the resources would be accessible to any player in the same way that surface resources are now.
This would add a level of complexity around player interactions which doesn’t exist now, with players being able to raid and defend the planets being mined without having to go to the full extent of attacking each other - I think that it would add a bit of spice to player interactions, it would also help develop players more quickly due to the better access to resources.
A planet with a mining base would not prevent it being colonised by another player and I would expect that the mining base would just be lost if the planet it was on was colonised (maybe it would be converted to a normal mine in the planet were colonised by the owning player - which is unlikely but possible)