Trying to understand how the bonuses for absorbing independant races work. I set up an ocean planet with Quameno (4 million) to see if that would allow me to colonize ocean planets or get the tech boost they give. I got not stat boost, and could not colonize ocean planets, although that might be due to the fact the planet does not yet have a space port.
After reading around here a little bit I learned that you only get bonus for alien populations after 10 million, so using the editor I jumped the pop to 14 million, but still saw no bonus. What would explain that? Shouldn't I get the bonus after that, or does the pop have to be over 10 million when you absorb them to get anything? That makes no sense, as I understand there is another level of bonus gained after 2 billion, and I really don't want to have to wait to absorb nations until they grow big enough to give you the full bonus.
Aside - This is the greatest space game I have ever played, if it could zoom/scroll smoother it would be perfect. I wonder what is up with the gas clouds/nebula, they seem to cause mroe lag than anything else, but I can see nothing about them that seems particularily demanding.