- Oct 27, 2018
I don't think you understand what either of those words mean.Why do you keep pushing a claim that's obviously and objectively false?
What makes an Assimilator similar to a Genocidal isn't that it assimilates. It's that it uses Total War to aggressively grab planets from other empires. Even if it DIDN'T have Total War, it's encouraged to aggressively war - encouraged so hard it's practically forced to - by the fact that A) Assimilating new pops gives it resources and B) Everyone and their mothers hates it for being a Dreaded Assimilator.
(This, mind you, is something that also happens with Barbaric Despoilers, whose civic is often insulted as being 'Purifier Lite')
And your suggestion is not meaningfully different from that. Even if I grant that it's not using Total War, you're forced - actually forced - to aggressively expand and takeover enemy worlds. Being able to "stop doing this in the lategame and just endlessly reterraform worlds" is no more an excuse than "Assimilators can stop in the lategame when they've snowballed enough that they don't need to care about other empires hating them". All your civic would be is 'Devouring Swarm Lite'.
Please learn the meaning of words and the basics of gameplay before you go insulting people.