Aeson
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IS there any point in making 250 sized ships instead of making a fleet of largest sized ships ? Nope, just cost. Assuming equal construction tech, smaller ships will be completed more rapidly than larger ships, so that can be a factor, too. Regardless, when asking whether there's a point to making a sizeX ship instead of a sizeY ship, you really need to think about what you want to do with the ships and how much of a difference it makes whether the ship is sizeX or sizeY. If you're looking for a front line battleship and X = 250 while Y = 500, there's very little reason to make sizeX battleships instead of sizeY battleships. If X is 400 when Y is 500, or X is 250 when Y is 276, then there's probably a justifiable reason to build the slightly smaller battleship instead of the more powerful battleship. An example of a situation where you might build a smaller ship rather than a larger ship can be found with the Ackdarians. At construction size 300, they can build standard military ships to size 360. If their support component technology gives their support components a support size of 85, it takes 5 life support and 5 habitation modules to build a size360 ship, but 4 of each will allow them to build a size352 ship. Another example can be found with carriers due to the required 40% or more size invested into fighter bays. Let us assume that the maximum size carrier we can build is size600 (standard construction size limit of 400) and that we are using advanced fighter bays. A size600 carrier requires 240 size to be spent on fighter bays in order to be a valid design. In order to meet this requirement, the design must include 6 advanced fighter bays, which consume 270 size. If we are willing to reduce the size of the carrier a little, we can instead use 5 advanced fighter bays, allowing us to build a carrier with a maximum size of 562. A size600 carrier with 6 advanced fighter bays has 330 capacity available for components other than fighter bays whereas a size562 carrier with 5 advanced fighter bays has 337 capacity available for components other than fighter bays. (Incidentally, another possible solution for a carrier of nominal size 600 is 2 advanced and 3 standard fighter bays, which exactly meets the minimum required size spent on fighter bays for a size600 carrier and is an example of a time when you might consider using lowertech components despite having upgraded versions available since this produces a size600 carrier with 360 size available for components other than fighter bays.)
