I am still fairly new to the combine but I was wondering about controlling planets. I understand only factions can control a planet but what would be the best way (fastest considering the 7 day head start) to control it without anyone else getting into it?
I have a list of how many flats for a planet size but what is best to build HR 30s/40s/50s?
Also are there any design tools (apart from the city design) that helps you see how what you are doing will effect the global stats of the planet.
Thanks for helping out.
Edited By: Robert Gunns on Year 14 Day 217 19:54 ____________
As Kyran said hotels are best to gain control as they will finish within that 7 day window - HRs and Skyscrapers will take much longer and are only useful for consolidating control later. Just be aware that power gens will take a few days longer than hotels so you will need to manually power up the hotels later.
As for design tools, there is the city designer though that is really for looking at just one city. If you want to compare an entire planet there are no inbuilt tools however various people have spreadsheets that let you calculate all that.
The only way for an individual to 'secure' a planet is for them to slab every surface and secure that slab by building a facility on it to prevent decay; usually a fountain as they are cheap. In short, no.
Factions can control a planet by controlling at least x population (increases with planet size) as long as they also control more than half of the total planetary population. For most planets this can be done by just building a slab and lots of Hotels. Maybe 2-3 slabs for larger planets.
Population can also be created through a variety of other facility types, just Hotels are the quickest to build and hence more useful for securing planets during build wars or after they have just been found.
While slab bombing is ugly, some groups like to slab bomb initially and then allow all the excess slabs to decay after they've built up enough population to maintain control, thus freeing up all the extra terrain again.