Hey guys this is a tip for protecting bases from raiders.
In mid to late game if you are at war with someone, or any stage of the game, no matter if you've won and pulverized them, they keep sending one or two ships behind your lines to attack things like gas mining, no fuel = no war for you.
Your gas stations are easily blown up even if you have ships in system, or patrolling the station. Imagine 10 systems and you need 5-10 ships just per station, especially if its early in the war and they are still fielding 20-30 man fleets. You need sizable home defense fleets in nearly each system because you dont know where he'll go.
And by the time you get that incoming attack if your home defense is too far, he can destroy every base in each system easily. And like I said even with defending, gas stations dont last long against enemy fire.
So I've made my gas stations with like 2k shields, and improved gas extraction. SO more is less. So instead of 20 gas stations mining at 36. I got like 5 mining at 200. Easier to protect, than having them scattered all over.
And I make sure each fuel source my state/private ships are using is covered.
So having 5 stations in two systems, with heavy shields and fast rate of mining is better than 20 spread out in 6 systems and slow mining. Sure each station is expensive, but when you add the cost of 20 cheap vs 5 expensive, its the same again.
This is how I got rid of being known as gas station rebuilder.