2700MWt - I was really, really hoping that wasn’t the case. In this situation, this single building requires a population of 348,000 with Lv1 Power plants, and 312k with Lv3 power plants. And that doesn’t even include farms to reach that population. Basically, if a planet has less than 400k max pop it’s literally impossible to place a Lv4 shipyard. This means any planets less than ~9000km are 100% incapable of supporting a Lv4 SY at all.
Now, here’s the fun part. What about resources? When we add Deep Mines into the equation, the amount of pop needed goes up quite a bit. Let’s go super conservative on these.
Let’s say you have 10 of each deep mines. That’s 25,000*5 for 125k pop, plus 4 more power stations for a total of 141k pop. So, if you want to mine resources on this planet? You need a minimum of 453k pop, and that’s still before farms, climate stations, etc. that’s beyond 9000km planets for Syntis.
So let’s say you have a 12,000km HW as syntis. As such you don’t need climate stations. Using the forumla, this planet would have a max pop of around 567,000. We already know 453k of these are gonna be tied up in the SY, leaving 114,000 population behind. We would need 16 Lv3 Farms, requiring 4 power stations just to reach max pop, for a total of 96k pop of our 114k remaining.
In other words, to support a Lv4 Shipyard you need approximately a 12,000km planet. And this doesn’t allow you to build mines to use the thing!! This is incredibly constricting, and since the majority of players had tiny home worlds to begin with, this is a kick in the metaphorical nuts. Even my decently sized 11k km homeworld is literally impossible to support a Lv4 shipyard.
If you want the aforementioned 50 mines, you will need a ~15,000km planet, which would leave approximately 18k extra for supporting climate stations and the like. These numbers are appalling.
Please drastically reduce the total population cost of the Lv4 Shipyard. Whether it’s power reduction or population reduction, something needs to give. Needing a massive planet to support a shipyard is unfair to those of us who have maybe 5 such planets in a 30LY radius from our home worlds.
It’s 5am here, and I’m sleepy, and my math could very well be wrong, please let me know of any mathematical mistakes here. And if you’re unsure of the formula: Planet Size * Land Mass * 0.525 for Syntis (15,000 * 90 * 0.525).