From: The Big Nowhere
Every game I've played I have the allow independents to become Empires ticked, but I have never seen independents become an Empires!
What is required for them to actually become an Empire?
Do they only become Empires if there are less than 20 Empires in the game, or can they become the 21st Empire? I know civil war can lead to more than 20 Empires, but I wonder if it stops Independents from becoming Empires.
Final question If I start a game with only 10 or so Empires each as a different race, will there still be independents of the other unused races in the game, or does no Atuuk Empire = no Atuuk independents.
Please write back quick, starting my new game in 30 mins or so
It basically depends on a few things:
1. Did you set independants to rare, normal or plentiful? This not only dictates how many there are, but the initial size of their populations. With plentidful, you will find planets with billions on them already, with rare, 300-400 million at most, with the average being less than 100 million.
2. Planet quality. The better the planet, the better of course!
3. Development. If they start on a developing planet instead of at zero, they can grow faster...possibly fast enough to go full empire before one of the other empires can conquer/colonize them.
The biggest factor overall is the planet's population, so #1 (where did you set the independant alien life slider) will have the greatest effect on whether they have a chance to go full empire or not.
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