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Stellaris Dev Diary #57: Species Rights

Hello everyone and welcome to another Stellaris development diary. Today's dev diary is going to be a meaty one, covering several new features in the 1.5 'Banks' update, as well as some paid features coming in the (unannounced) expansion accompanying Banks. Please note that because of some sickness, we're a little behind in the interface department, so the interface graphics shown today are placeholders and not what will be in the final product.

Species Rights (Free Feature)
The big new feature we'll be talking about today is Species Rights. Previously, what rights your species had were controlled through a set of policies that could only discriminate between 'your founder species' and 'everyone else'. We felt that this was an area in need of more granularity, both to make playing a multispecies empire more interesting and also to create more of a sense of distinction between your pops. Thus, in Banks, it will now be possible to individually determine the rights and obligations of each species in your empire. In addition to setting rights for a species currently in your empire, you can also set rights for species outside your empire (for example granting species you would like to attract to your empire via migration Full Citizenship and a good living standard) and have a default set of rights that is applied to any species you have not specifically configured the rights for.

The most fundamental status of a species in your empire is Citizenship. Citizenship is the overall set of rights and privileges given to a species: Whether they are free or unfree, whether they can participate in the political processes of the country, what restrictions can be placed on them and even whether they have the right to live in your empire at all. In addition to rights and obligations, citizenship also affects Pops' migration attraction: A Pop that is currently enjoying Full Citizenship is unlikely to move to another empire where their rights would be curtailed, and Pops living under second-class citizen conditions are more likely to move somewhere that promises them a better life.
  • Full Citizenship: Species with full citizenship are fully integrated populations in your empire. They have the right to vote in democracies and can become leaders of all types. You are also forbidden from enacting population controls on them.
  • Caste System: Species with a caste system have a mix of full citizenship and slavery, with pops working in the farms and mines being enslaved and the rest being free to enjoy the fruits of the serfs' labor.
  • Limited Citizenship: Species with limited citizenship are tolerated but not integrated populations in your empire. While not enslaved, their right to vote and stand for political office is curtailed, and you can place population restrictions on them and restrict them from being able to settle on your core worlds (more on that below).
  • Slaves: Species with this setting are all enslaved without exception. They have no rights whatsoever and live under the most squalid of conditions.
  • Undesirables: Undesirables are species that you do not wish to exist in your empire. Depending on your purge policy this can either mean that you mean that you target them for extermination, or just try to drive them off from your worlds (more on that below).

Military Service is the martial obligations placed on this species by your empire. It can range from allowing Full Military Service as both soldiers and officers, allowing you to recruit generals and admirals from the species even if they would normally not be allowed to be leaders (for example due to Limited Citizenship) all the way down to a full exemption from all military service.

Living Standards represents how economically favored a population is, for example whether they benefit from social welfare or have restrictions placed on what kinds of occupations they can be employed in. The higher the living standards of a Pop is, the more Consumer Goods it will use, and the happier it will be (more on Consumer Goods below).

Migration Controls determines whether a species is allowed to freely migrate between worlds or not. Restrictions on migrations are always in place for slaves and pops that are being purged.

Population Controls determines whether a species is allowed to grow its population or not. Species with population control will not grow new pops, but neither will their existing pops die off.

In addition to determining what a species is able to do, species rights will also affect a variety of other factors such as happiness and consumer goods (for example, Pops are generally not very pleased about being enslaved or having population controls placed on them). Different factions in your empire will also have different preferences for what species rights you employ, such as Authoritarian pops liking Caste Systems and Supremacist factions being less than happy with granting Full Citizenship to aliens.
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Purge and Slavery Types (Paid Feature)
In addition to the free species rights given to everyone in the Banks update, there is also a paid element, namely the special Purge and Slavery policies that allows you define in which manner your empire utilizes slavery and purging vis-a-vis specific species. The default options (Chattel Slavery and Extermination) are always available even without the expansion, and those without the expansion can also make use of Displacement via a policy, but the rest are only for expansion owners.

The slavery types are as follows:
  • Chattel Slavery: This represents forced labor on a massive scale. Chattel Slaves have a bonus to food and mineral production and a large penalty to energy/science production and under a Caste System all Pops producing Minerals and Food will be enslaved.
  • Domestic Servitude: This represents a combination of plantation slavery and indentured servitude. Domestic Servants have no boost to any resource production and a small penalty to mineral/energy/science production, but increase the happiness of all non-enslaved citizen pops on the planet.
  • Battle Thralls: This represents a system of enforced martial serfdom. Battle Thralls have no boost to any resource production and a moderate penalty to energy/science production, but armies recruited from them are stronger.
  • Livestock: This represents a species that is regularly culled to be used as food. Livestock produce a fixed number of extra food, but are completely unable to produce any other kind of resource.
The purge types are as follows:
  • Extermination: The species is systemically killed off by any means available. This is the fastest form of purging, but pops subject to it are unable to produce any resources while they are busy dying off.
  • Displacement: The species is driven away through the use of forced resettlement and destruction of their homes. Displaced pops will not be killed, but rather will attempt to flee the empire to other, more welcoming empires, and might even try to settle uncolonized planets. This process is slow, but generates less outrage among other empires than the other forms of purging.
  • Forced Labor: The species is placed in camps and forced to do hard labor under brutal conditions with inadequate food and shelter, effectively working them to death. Pops doing Forced Labor will be killed off more slowly than through extermination, but will continue to produce minerals, food and (at a significant penalty) energy.
  • Processing: The species is processed into food for the consumption of other Pops. Pops being Processed generate a fixed amount of food and die off at a fairly fast pace, but cannot be put to use producing any other resources.
  • Neutering: The species is prevented from reproducing through chemical castration or biological modification, eventually dying off naturally. Neutered Pops continue to function normally and may even be given a high standard of life, but have a large penalty to their happiness. The speed at which they die off varies based on the species' natural lifespan, but is typically very slow.
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Consumer Goods (Free Feature)
Another issue we're trying to tackle in Banks is mineral inflation. Mineral production has a tendency to snowball in the mid- and lategame, particularly in large, sprawling empires. In order to address this we've introduced a new mineral cost called Consumer Goods. Consumer Goods represents the portion of your industrial base that is occupied with seeing to the needs of your population, ie producing butter instead of guns. Each Pop in your empire will use a certain amount of Consumer Goods each month, with the amount primarily dependent on their living standards. Each unit of consumer goods costs a certain number of minerals dependening on factors such as ethics, traditions, whether your empire is engaged in a defensive war and so on.
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Refugees and Core Worlds (Free Feature)
The last thing we'll be covering today is some new policies that tie into the mechanics of species rights. The Core Worlds Population policy determines which Pops are allowed to live on your core (non-sector) planets, and can be set to either allow only citizen Pops (Full Citizenship/Caste System), citizen and slave Pops (Full Citizenship/Caste System/Slaves) or open them up to all species. If you restrict your core worlds and there are prohibited Pops living there, they will move away, either migrating to your sectors or fleeing your empire altogether if there is another empire willing to take them. It is also possible for Pops that are enslaved or targeted for extermination to escape your empire, particularly if there is an influential Xenophile faction that is helping them flee.

Whether or not another empire is willing to accept those fleeing purges, slavery and resettlement depends on your Refugees policy. You can choose to accept other species will open arms, allowing refugee Pops to freely move into your empire, be more restrictive and accept only those Pops you have deigned to grant citizenship, or simply shut down acceptance of refugees altogether.
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Right, that's all for today! Next week we'll be talking about something I know a lot of people have been wanting for some time: Orbital Habitats. Don't miss it.
 
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Excellent changes. I love the end of micromanaging slave and purges. It also fixes a major hassle with the sectors, in a single species large empire.

One question though: if you are neutering a species, making them extremely happy, what is the point of giving them high living standards? If the happiness boost from consumer goods is enough to offset the neutered penalty, it could be largely overpowered.
 

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It would be nice if there was some visual representation of this stuff.
 
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Excellent changes. I love the end of micromanaging slave and purges. It also fixes a major hassle with the sectors, in a single species large empire.

One question though: if you are neutering a species, making them extremely happy, what is the point of giving them high living standards? If the happiness boost from consumer goods is enough to offset the neutered penalty, it could be largely overpowered.

The drawback is that it's extremely slow. It would take several decades for them to die off, and in that time they could try to run away or rebel against you, and i think he said neutering would make them unhappy
 

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When you chose policies for species do you have to do it for every variation or you can group them somehow? Because with every empire genetically modifying their pops you end up with a big amount of species by then end of the game

Also would it be possible to have polices for groups, all humanoids one set of polices all fungi and plants are food and so on? That would save a lot on the micromanagement

Modded offshoots share rights with parent species.
 
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I'm actually curious about the military service and what each of the three options does other than decides whether you can recruit leaders and armies, just armies, or nothing from that species. Traditionally, "exempting" a group from military service was meant to marginalize them, so I'd expect that giving a second-class group even the right to serve in the army should have some downsides versus simply "exempting" them.
 
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Banks looks to be the first largest patch for Stellaris. Finally I'll more options with my pops.
 
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So many new ways to interact with all my alien friends on spacebook! This Blorg POP has gained the fanatic hype ethos. Please do not consume and/or neuter.

Wiz is doing a fantastic job guiding the development of Stellaris into my dream game.
 
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Modded offshoots share rights with parent species.
Well... such lack of control is actually rather disappointing. Could at least allow manual override for individual pops in Core systems?
 
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I would love to see more events associating with interspecies relationship, such as a militarist species seeing some other species as "unworthy", but changing their views after battling with some of them.
 
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@Wiz These questions are off topic, as they ask about map modes.

Will there be improvements to map modes GUI in the 1.5 update/dlc? I'm the author of the Additional Map Mode mod and it's getting a bit crowded with the additional map modes added. Would it be possible to implement something like from EU4 or have it minimize in a similar fashion as the Outliner?

The last question could it be possible to put in a sector scope for triggers (num_owned_planets, has_policy_flag, num_pops, etc...) to be able to create map modes based on them for internal information?
 
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just a question here why not just rename the mines to "production facility" or just "factories" to represent the fact that they just produce stuff for your empire i know this will seem like you are taking inspiration from heart of iron but it will make sense now that they produce consumer goods for your population and instead of storing minerals your are storing goods for your empire to use and this can be further developed on in later expansions

this is just what i think atm
 
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I'm actually curious about the military service and what each of the three options does other than decides whether you can recruit leaders and armies, just armies, or nothing from that species. Traditionally, "exempting" a group from military service was meant to marginalize them, so I'd expect that giving a second-class group even the right to serve in the army should have some downsides versus simply "exempting" them.

This makes me think:
@Wiz Will we still be asked to select a specie when creating an army? Or bettter, the policies on the military service will affect actual combat (ground/space) or are there only for the sake of the devdiary 54 "factions rework"?

EDIT: I thought it was a tweet, but there was indeed a dev diary on factions
 

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Considering that we get so much stuff for evil purging dictators, are there any new mechanics for good and/or democratic governments?

After all there must be an advantage for not purging and enslaving everyone who seems like trouble to keep it balanced.
 

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I'm actually curious about the military service and what each of the three options does other than decides whether you can recruit leaders and armies, just armies, or nothing from that species. Traditionally, "exempting" a group from military service was meant to marginalize them, so I'd expect that giving a second-class group even the right to serve in the army should have some downsides versus simply "exempting" them.
To me, separate tab for Military Service hint that, maybe, ground armies will have a more important role in 1.5. We already know that land armies could be used to suppress discontent, but maybe there is more to it?
 
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now what would be really cool next is, each pop having its own age and sex, so that eventually they would die off and they would have to give birth to replacements, their age also depends on their traits and research

also recruiting units would actually drain from the populations on the planets
 
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Maybe I'm too soft, but I am so looking forward to the refugee options. Will really help my Xenophile empires out and give me a response to the local atrocity-happy blighters outside of "quietly ignore them" and "full Democratic Crusaders".

And on a different note, Harmonious Collectives and human-controlled civs with the same general theme will finally be able to actually live up to "we may be slaving blighters, but we're equal-opportunity slaving blighters who give everyone utopian living standards" by just throwing everyone into the "Caste System/Utopian living standards" bucket.
 
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-> Consumer goods seem to be a reasonable hindrance on "Wide" empires.

-> Overall, the focus on POP's is quite pleasing. Oh, may the day when i get a machine that can reliably run Stellaris come swiftly...
 
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Somehow it doesn't seem like a good idea to split off the slavery and purge bits into a DLC....
 
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