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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.
Warning: 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 city inventory.
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 - 0.25)
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 is equal to the sum of all the job spots provided by each facility on that planet.
Jobs = Sum(job spots)
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 following:
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 city).
RNF = # of facilities of each specific type of facility that is on that planet. There is an RNF value for Hotels, Taverns, etc.
MNSF 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
MNSF: 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 few conditions:
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 loss.
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