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Over Colonization Endless Space 2: What It Is and How to Deal with It




Over colonization is one of the most important mechanics in Endless Space 2, a 4X strategy game that lets you explore and conquer a vast galaxy with different factions and playstyles. Over colonization affects your empire's happiness, which in turn affects your productivity, growth, and influence. In this article, we will explain what over colonization is, how it works, and how you can manage it effectively.




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What is Over Colonization in Endless Space 2




Over colonization is a mechanic that limits the number of systems (not planets) that you can colonize without suffering penalties to your happiness. Each empire has a base over colonization threshold that depends on the galaxy size and the difficulty level. For example, on a medium galaxy with normal difficulty, the base threshold is 6 systems. This means that you can colonize up to 6 systems without any negative effects, but if you colonize more than that, you will incur a happiness penalty for each extra system.


The happiness penalty for over colonization is -10 per system per population. For example, if you have 8 systems and 50 population in total, you will have a -100 happiness penalty (2 extra systems x 50 population x -10). This penalty applies to all your systems and can severely reduce your happiness level, which can lead to lower FIDS (food, industry, dust, science) output, lower influence generation, lower approval rating, and higher chances of rebellion.


How to Avoid or Reduce Over Colonization in Endless Space 2




There are several ways to avoid or reduce over colonization in Endless Space 2. Some of them are:


  • Research technologies that increase your over colonization threshold. There are several technologies in the economy and trade quadrant that can increase your threshold by 1 or 2 systems each. For example, the Interplanetary Transport Network technology increases your threshold by 1 system.



  • Build improvements that increase your over colonization threshold. There are some improvements that can increase your threshold by 1 system each. For example, the Colonial Rights Bureau improvement increases your threshold by 1 system.



  • Use laws that increase your over colonization threshold or reduce the happiness penalty. There are some laws that can help you deal with over colonization. For example, the Colonial Rights Act law increases your threshold by 3 systems but reduces your influence generation by -25%. The Religious Party also has a law called Forced Contentment that sets all your systems' happiness to content but prevents you from using any improvements or buildings that depend on happiness.



  • Use luxuries that increase your happiness or reduce the happiness penalty. There are some luxuries that can help you boost your happiness or mitigate the over colonization penalty. For example, the Bluecap Mold luxury increases your happiness by +5 per system per population but reduces your science output by -10%. The Eden Incense luxury reduces the over colonization penalty by -5 per system per population but increases your dust upkeep by +10%.



  • Be selective about which systems you colonize. Not all systems are worth colonizing, especially if they have low FIDS potential or high anomalies. You should scout the galaxy with probes and look for systems that have high FIDS output, strategic or luxury resources, or special features like wormholes or constellations. You should also consider the distance and accessibility of the systems from your core systems or from potential enemies.



  • Trade or give away systems that you don't need or want. If you have too many systems that are dragging down your happiness or are too far away to defend or manage, you can trade or give them away to other empires. This can help you reduce your over colonization penalty and improve your relations with other factions. However, be careful not to give away systems that have strategic value or resources that you need.



Conclusion




Over colonization is a mechanic that balances the expansion and growth of empires in Endless Space 2. It imposes a happiness penalty for colonizing more systems than your over colonization threshold, which can affect your FIDS output, influence generation, approval rating, and stability. However, there are many ways to avoid or reduce over colonization in Endless Space 2, such as researching technologies, building improvements, using laws and luxuries, being selective about which systems you colonize, and trading or giving away systems that you don't need or want. By managing over colonization effectively, you can ensure the happiness and prosperity of your empire in Endless Space 2.


How Over Colonization Affects Different Factions in Endless Space 2




Over colonization is a mechanic that affects all factions in Endless Space 2, but some factions have different ways of dealing with it or even benefitting from it. Some of the factions that have unique interactions with over colonization are:


  • Cravers: Cravers are a faction that thrives on over colonization, as they have a racial trait called Depletion Points that allows them to gain bonuses for colonizing more systems and depleting more planets. However, they also suffer from higher over colonization penalties and lower happiness than other factions, so they need to balance their expansion and conquest with their stability and influence.



  • Vaulters: Vaulters are a faction that can avoid over colonization by using their special ability called Argosy, which allows them to teleport their systems to other locations in the galaxy. This way, they can colonize systems that are far away from their core systems without incurring over colonization penalties, as long as they have enough portals to connect them.



  • Unfallen: Unfallen are a faction that can bypass over colonization by using their special ability called Vineship, which allows them to spread vines across the galaxy and link systems to their home system. This way, they can colonize systems that are connected by vines without incurring over colonization penalties, as long as they have enough influence to maintain them.



  • Hissho: Hissho are a faction that can mitigate over colonization by using their special resource called Keii, which allows them to gain bonuses for being at war and winning battles. This way, they can increase their happiness and influence by fighting and conquering other factions, even if they have more systems than their over colonization threshold.



  • Umbral Choir: Umbral Choir are a faction that can ignore over colonization by using their special ability called Sanctuary, which allows them to hide their systems from other factions and only reveal them when they want to. This way, they can colonize as many systems as they want without suffering any over colonization penalties, as long as they keep their sanctuaries hidden and protected.



How to Use Over Colonization as a Strategy in Endless Space 2




Over colonization is a mechanic that can be used as a strategy in Endless Space 2, depending on your faction and your goals. Some of the ways to use over colonization as a strategy are:


  • Use over colonization to gain an early advantage in FIDS output and system development. By colonizing more systems than your threshold in the early game, you can gain more resources and build more improvements than your rivals, giving you an edge in science, economy, or military. However, you need to be prepared to deal with the happiness penalty and the potential backlash from other factions.



  • Use over colonization to deny systems and resources to your enemies. By colonizing more systems than your threshold in the mid or late game, you can prevent other factions from expanding or accessing strategic or luxury resources that they need. However, you need to be able to defend your systems and maintain your influence over them.



  • Use over colonization to achieve certain victory conditions or quests. By colonizing more systems than your threshold in the end game, you can fulfill certain requirements or objectives that lead you to victory or unlock special rewards. For example, some victory conditions require you to control a certain percentage of the galaxy or colonize certain types of planets. However, you need to be careful not to trigger a rebellion or a coalition against you.



How Over Colonization Affects the Galaxy Map and Diplomacy in Endless Space 2




Over colonization is a mechanic that affects not only your empire, but also the galaxy map and diplomacy in Endless Space 2. Over colonization can have various impacts on the galaxy map and diplomacy, such as:


  • It can increase the competition and conflict for systems and resources among different factions. As more factions colonize more systems, they will inevitably encounter each other and compete for the same planets, resources, or strategic locations. This can lead to tensions, rivalries, or wars among factions.



  • It can affect the balance of power and influence among different factions. As some factions colonize more systems than others, they will gain more FIDS output, influence generation, and military strength. This can make them more dominant or influential in the galaxy, or more threatening or attractive to other factions.



  • It can trigger certain events or crises that affect the galaxy. As over colonization reaches certain levels, it can trigger certain events or crises that affect the galaxy as a whole. For example, over colonization can trigger the Academy Quests, which are a series of events that involve the Academy faction and its leader Isyander Shumèd.



  • It can influence the opinions and attitudes of other factions towards you. As you colonize more systems than your threshold, other factions will have different opinions and attitudes towards you based on their traits and personalities. Some factions may admire or respect you for your expansion and growth, while others may despise or fear you for your greed and aggression.



How to Use Over Colonization to Your Advantage in Endless Space 2




Over colonization is a mechanic that can be used to your advantage in Endless Space 2, depending on your faction and your goals. Some of the ways to use over colonization to your advantage are:


  • Use over colonization to gain access to more systems and resources that suit your needs and preferences. By colonizing more systems than your threshold, you can gain access to more planets that have high FIDS potential, strategic or luxury resources, anomalies, or special features that suit your needs and preferences. For example, if you need more science output, you can colonize more systems that have science-oriented planets or anomalies.



  • Use over colonization to achieve certain faction quests or objectives that require you to colonize more systems. By colonizing more systems than your threshold, you can achieve certain faction quests or objectives that require you to colonize more systems or certain types of planets. For example, if you play as the Lumeris faction, one of your faction quests requires you to colonize 10 ocean planets.



  • Use over colonization to gain an edge over your enemies or rivals in war or competition. By colonizing more systems than your threshold, you can gain an edge over your enemies or rivals in war or competition by having more FIDS output, influence generation, military strength, or strategic locations than them. For example, if you are at war with another faction, you can colonize more systems near their borders to pressure them or cut off their supply lines.



  • Use over colonization to create a buffer zone or a sphere of influence around your core systems. By colonizing more systems than your threshold, you can create a buffer zone or a sphere of influence around your core systems that can protect them from external threats or interference. For example, if you want to secure your home system or constellation, you can colonize more systems around it to prevent other factions from reaching it or influencing it.



Conclusion




Over colonization is a mechanic that limits the number of systems that you can colonize without suffering penalties to your happiness in Endless Space 2. Over colonization affects your empire's FIDS output, influence generation, approval rating, and stability. However, there are many ways to avoid or reduce over colonization in Endless Space 2, such as researching technologies, building improvements, using laws and luxuries, being selective about which systems you colonize, and trading or giving away systems that you don't need or want. Over colonization also affects the galaxy map and diplomacy in Endless Space 2, as it can increase the competition and conflict for systems and resources among different factions, affect the balance of power and influence among different factions, trigger certain events or crises that affect the galaxy, and influence the opinions and attitudes of other factions towards you. Moreover, over colonization can be used as a strategy in Endless Space 2, depending on your faction and your goals. You can use over colonization to gain an early advantage in FIDS output and system development, to deny systems and resources to your enemies, to achieve certain victory conditions or quests, or to gain an edge over your enemies or rivals in war or competition. By understanding and managing over colonization effectively, you can expand and conquer the galaxy in Endless Space 2. 6c859133af


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