Apologies for the delay in getting this report out. Let’s start right in with our status at the close of last week:
First, thanks to those that stepped up and helped with the CoGC upkeep last week. Your donation is appreciated.
Second, our cash position is very strong, so I partially repaid my loan.
Third, we did not fund any POPI upkeeps, as discussed last week. And, I think the results speak for themselves:
Pioneers and Settlers flat, which is fine. We still have enormous overpopulation. I will not be fulfilling any POPI upkeep this week either, tho there were still some reserves to be consumed. They will finally be completely empty later today, so we’ll see how the upcoming POPR & next week’s POPR look.
If happiness completely collapses, it seems population loss is capped at 10%, so we’ll have weeks to make any corrections before losses would actually endanger base staffing.
So with no POPI upkeep expected on the horizon, I’ve cut tax rates in half already earlier this week, and I am cutting them further now since our cash position is so strong. Even after repaying the remainder of my loan this week, we’ll still have over 100k. That would cover 5 CoGC upkeeps, which is 50 days.
Accordingly, I will set production fees to 1 across the board. WAR & LM fees will stay as is, to encourage responsible use.
There is still the open question of the Technicians, Engineers, and Scientists, almost all of whom are employed it seems. Funding their need fulfillment would be quite expensive, and I imagine less than 5 bases are responsible for all of these jobs.
If any such Boucharian were interested in making a proposal by which our Government could help in their support, I’m happy to listen. However, I will not tax everyone on the entire planet to support one base, so it will likely have to be something creative (like targeted industry tax rates, perhaps).