I've logged a fair bit of time into the game now, not actually finishing any games yet (I like large galaxies), but playing many hours in each of three starts (ramping up the difficulty each time). I tend to leave much on automation lest the micromanagement kill me. However I am starting to realize that I need to be much more judicious about my constructors. I am hoping to solicit advice from some of the veterans here on what is and is not too much building of constructors and mining facilities, and just which way is the best way to manage an efficient use of both.
I suspect that having 100 mine/gas bases while having only say, 3 colonies, is probably overkill and hugely wasteful given that your civilian economy has to pay the maintenance on the things. Or is it the case that the resources produced somehow get sold into the galactic bank such that it is possible to have such overproduction still able to pay for itself?
On the other hand, having only 10 mines for that same 3 colonies is likely woefully insufficient. If left completely on autopilot, will constructors build an optimum ratio of production based on your actual needs, or will they as I am beginning to believe be very foolish in their choices as to what to build? Will they continue to produce long after you have ceased expanding? Is that a bad thing?
Is there an ideal ratio of constructors to colonies? Am I vastly better off micromanaging which mines get built when and aught to simply leave constructors on manual only and only ever build new mining facilities when I see prices rise above their low points?
The starting autodesigned mining (& gas) bases have but one extractor and 20 cargo holds (I think that was it). But having read in this forum that that is nowhere near maxes the mining potential of the resource, I increased that to three extractors per base. Given that they will be creating three times as much, it seemed reasonable to at least double the cargo storage as well. Having done all of that though, the maintenance cost of these bases is getting steep. Am I completely off base here?