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Question about the new megastructure ‘Interstellar Assembly’

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While I am super stoked about the discussion about ecumenopolii and new megastructures forthcoming in 2.2 (I plan to immediately find out how many pops I can stuff into one planet), I do have a question as to the immediate use of the "diplomatic" megastructure, as my preferred playstyle seems to end up leading federations a lot:

A fully completed Interstellar Assembly is supposed to have 100% immigration pull and +50 foreign empire opinion. While the former is nice in a sort of way to fill out my new ecumenopolii that much faster, I'm hard-pressed to see where the latter would really help: A charismatic/xenophilic species/empire has zero issues making friends with just about anybody they want to make friends with.

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In fact, the biggest penalty to foreign relations isn't really within the range of 50 points – that would only come into play for really distant empires, and by the time you can build such a megastructure, no location in the galaxy need necessarily be "far" for you thanks to gateways – and most of the time when you're doing something odd diplomatically you'll hit hard -1000 modifiers like "X would never do that" or "X would never want to associate with Y," or cascading -100+ modifiers like "X claimed your shit," "your id*ot ally claimed X's shit," or "X is really into space-Jesus and you're a godless betentacled heathen with sex-robots."

In my experience it's really only in the early game that you have so little history with another empire that you're looking at figuring out how to squeeze a couple points to get from neutral to cordial so you can slap them with a NAP or a science agreement and bask in the resulting trust modifiers, and this isn't an early game tool.

What is its niche?

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    anon
    Jan 04, 2020 9:18 am

    I think it would be more useful in upcoming federation dlc. More opinion, more voting weight. But we’ll see how it works.

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