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This section will explain which facilities can provide their managers an
income and generally how that income is calculated. Income is
distributed at 17:00 server time on the last day of every month.
: The manager of the facility receives the income generated by the
facility. Facilities can lose money if they are on planets with bad
crime, high taxes or bad employment levels.
Each planet has a different kind of economy so facilities
that would do well on one planet might not do as well on another. There
is a variety of factors that can affect the economy; these factors will
be accounted for by the employment rate (ER) and the general planetary
income modifier (PIM).
The employment rate is a ratio of jobs vs. population. The more people
that have jobs or the more jobs available per person, the higher the average
pay and therefore the higher the average spending of NPCs, which is where this type of
facility income comes from. This holds true to an extent; however, if
you have too many jobs per person, the excess jobs will not be filled
and facilities can lose money. The best employment rate lies between 1
and 2. Employment rate can be viewed from the 'Show Stats' link on the
ER = Jobs/(Flats + 0.1)
Jobs = total number of jobs on a planet
Flats = total number of flats on a planet
This is a general measure of the planetary economy and is calculated as follows:
PIM = (1.65) * tan^-1(((-(ER^2) + 3 * ER)/2) - TL - BCR -
ER - employment rate
TL - tax-level - between 0 and 1
BCR - crime - between 0 and 1
note: tan^-1 is arctan
Many facilities in the universe provide a possibility of jobs for the
inhabitants of whatever planet they are on. Jobs as used in
Facility Income: Employment Rate
to the sum of all the job spots provided by each facility on that
Jobs = Sum(job spots)
You can find the number of jobs each facility provided in the
Facility Rules. Click on the name or picture of the facility; it is then
listed under Cargo Stats.
There is a general equation (PIM) for how well business and facilities will do
depending on the planet they are on (see Section 1). That equation gives
the overall economic picture of that planet; each type of facility in
its turn has a modifier, which will be multiplied to this general
equation to determine the income or cost of each facility.
The Facilities with a FIM
and thus the possibility of an income are the
Personal Residence, ATM, Chapel
Office, Hotel, Tavern, Bank, Garage
Semi-detached House, Library, Museum, Civic Centre, Church, Casino, Workers Compound, Council Flats, Shop
Hangar, Landing Pad
Training Academy, Hospital, High Rise Building 10 flats, High Rise Building 20 flats, High Rise Building 30 flats, High Rise Building 40 flats, Temple, High Rise Building 50 flats, Port, Ranch
Skyscraper 60 flats, Skyscraper 70 flats, Skyscraper 80 flats, Skyscraper 90 flats, Skyscraper 100 flats, Cathedral, Zoo
FIM is a secret value.
Some facilities require that they be assigned to a faction of a certain
type as manager to earn an income. These facilities are listed below with
there respected faction type.
The trading skill of the operator
will affect how well you can run your business. If you have a high
skill, you will make more income than someone with a lower skill. Also,
if you are on a planet with poor stats but have a high trading skill,
you will lose less money than someone with a lower skill.
When PIM >= 0
TSM = (1 + ((Trade Skill - 2) / 20))
When PIM < 0
TSM = (1- ((Trade Skill - 2) / 20))
There are some business where there is a
limited demand for their services for a given planet or city. If there
are more facilities than are sustainable by the market, then the income
of all of the facilities will be diminished. Each type of facility has a
different maximum sustainable number (MSNF) of facilities per given
market. Therefore, the maximum total income per facility type is divided
between all of the facilities of that type if the number of that type of
facilities exceeds the maximum sustainable number. These restrictions
only apply when the PIM > 0. If the facilities are losing money, their
losses do not get divided by the number of facilities. The market
changes as more facilities get built. To reflect this, the maximum is
linked to the civilization level (CL) of the planet.
A couple of variables are used in the modifier to the income: RNF (real
number of facilities) and MNSF
(Max Number of Sustainable Facilities per
MNSF is a secret value.
RNF = # of facilities of each
specific type of facility that is on that planet. There is an RNF value
for Hotels, Taverns, etc.
depends on facility type.
If the real number of facilities surpasses the max number of facilities
and the PIM > 0 then the SBR modifier equation is:
((Planet Size in Squares) x Civ Level x MNSF
) / (0.85 x RNF)
Else the SBR modifier = 1.
Planet Size in Squares: for a 20x20 planet this is 400
Civ Level: as used everywhere else
: max number of sustainable facilities (of that type) per city
RNF: real number of facilities of each type
0.85 comes from the fact that the CL cannot exceed 0.85
In order for a facility to provide an income, there are a
- The facility's crewlist must be set Open To All.
- The facility must have an operator and that operator must be active
(logged in within the past week). There is no limit to the number of
facilities you may operate, and no requirement to be at the same
location as any of the facilities.
- The facility must have a manager. If the manager is a player, he or
she must be active. Note that some facilities require that the manager
be a faction of a certain type (see Section 4).
- The facility must be powered. Unpowered facilities will generate a
loss of income.
The amount of income/loss from a facility for its manager, calculated
once a month, is as follows:
FIM = Facility income modifier
PIM = Planetary income modifier
TSM = Trade Skill Modifier
SBR = Sustainable Business Restrictions
RAND = Random number between .9 and 1.1
Income = FIM x PIM x 350 x TSM x SBR x RAND
When a facility's income is negative, the facility will incur a debt.
The owner will then receive a message informing him or her how many
credits are owed. The owner then has time to come up with the cash to
pay off the debt. Debt can be paid off from the 'Pay off Debt' button on
facility inventory ('Manage Facilities' level 4 is required for
factions). If the facility makes a profit next month, the income will go
first to paying off the debt and then, if any still remains, to the
manager. If the facility continues to lose money and the owner does not
pay off the debt, the facility will eventually be seized by NPCs.
Facilities that are unpowered, or do not have the right faction type as
manager, incur a loss equal to half the profit they would otherwise have
made. Those that are making a loss still receive the full loss. The
biggest deficit you can run before the facility is seized is 3 months of
Maximum Debt = 2719 x FIM
How do I make the most money?
How do I prevent a large loss?
- Have an ER between 1 and 2. You can still make money with an ER
below 1 or above 2 but only to a certain point. The ER, Jobs & Flats
for a planet can be found on City Inventory > Show Stats. If you
do not own a city on a planet where you have facilities contact a city
owner or the group that controls the planet (found on the galaxy map)
- The lower the tax rate the better, 5% is the default tax rate for
all planets. The tax rate can be found on the galaxy map
- Have a low crime rate. 0 = good, 1 = bad. Crime Rate can be found
on the same page as the ER (City Inventory > Show Stats)
- The higher your trade skill the better. Having a high trade skill
will mean that you will make more money or, if the facility is losing
money, will lose less money.
- Make sure there is enough population to sustain the facilities. For
example: you can't expect to have a highly profitable Casino on a
planet with only a few High Rises.
- Don't open or build facilities on planets who have bad ER, Crime or
- If there are already a lot of that type of facility on the planet
it might not be worth opening up a business because you would be
sharing the profits among all the other facilities if the number of
facilities exceeded the MNSF. The higher the CL and larger the planet
the more facilities of one type that planet can sustain before profits
start to shrink
Suppose that there is one tavern on a planet and it is
making 20,000 credits a month. Also suppose that the MNSF for the tavern
is 1. If someone decides to build another tavern then the tavern will
now be making 10,000 credits a month. This is only an example, the
values are made up.