I'm guessing here, but:
Those who had credits deducted had some NPCs that already had a "wage owed" from once upon a time...
They were then subtracted the wages owed from back then. Wages being paid at the end of the month, and not beginning?
So, are NPC wages really back or was this some kind of bug?
As far as I can tell, it looks like a whole cluster of bugs really. For me, there was an inventory event, but this only covered a seemingly random collection of NPCs. None of which matters, because, as far as I can tell, nothing was actually deducted.
Honestly, it doesn't really feel intentional. More like some half completed bit of code was accidentally switched on.
Year 17 Day 185, 22:00 The wages for 272 of your workers totalled 879,310 Credits for this month. A breakdown is as follows: - 3,500 for 1 Melee Combat Trooper(s) - 4,140 for 1 Heavy Weapons Specialist(s) - 22,720 for 6 Stormtrooper(s) - 310,240 for 99 Rifleman(s) - 41,800 for 11 Medic(s) - 47,000 for 14 Dirt Hauler(s) - 411,000 for 121 Builder(s) - 21,150 for 13 Expert Boxstacker(s) - 13,920 for 5 Scout(s) - 3,840 for 1 Slicer(s) ”
But actually nothing was taken out of my account.
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