Alright, next round of voting is now open. 8 days of voting, finishing up next Saturday evening US CDT.
Given that this next term appears to be when Populous will finally be released, there will be some changes in the tax rate if I am re-elected. And I want everyone to expect these changes, so I am going to lay them out here.
First off, I hope everyone knows what Populous is by now. If not, I suggest you start by reading the last few Dev Logs. Recently it has been released onto the Staging server, and Esabab and some others with Staging licenses have been bringing us some previews of the associated building and upkeep.
Here is the recently published manual page for the Populous Projects: https://handbook.apex.prosperousuniverse.com/tutorials/planetary-population/
As an exchange planet, I think we will need Katoa to support Engineers and Scientists. This means we will both need a lot of investment in planetary projects, we will also need a lot of upkeep. Of course, we will start at the bottom and work our way up – Pioneer and Settler projects first, Technician projects next, and Eng and Sci projects last.
Quick aside – Why does a relatively new player who is only running Pioneers benefit from Katoa being able to house Scientists? Great question…and the reason is because the established player using the Scientists is going to need inputs to support his scientists. He/she is going to need to feed them, to give them workstations, to give them the other inputs needed to keep them working effectively. As much as I hate the term “Trickle Down Economics” – there is a lot of truth in the notion that a lot of Technicians, Settlers, and Pioneers are required to support a handful of Scientists.
OK, so, back to what does this mean for the next governor’s term? Well, if we want to use the taxes to support the Populous upkeep, we need to raise them. And we need a governor who pledges to use them to support the planetary upkeep.
Here is what I will do for taxes immediately upon re-election: Raise the WAR fee to 3000 (maximum). I will leave the LM base fee at 50, but will increase the per day rate. And I will raise all production categories except Resource Extraction from 10 to 20.
And from there, we will see what happens to the taxes. It is quite possible we will need to raise them further, but I don’t want to jump all the way to the max until we know we need to do so.
I don’t expect that will be enough to pay for all of the needed planetary projects themselves…it will largely be for just the upkeep. I will still be looking for benefactors to help with materials for the projects.
Finally, I think it is important that the other candidates for governor here state how they plan to approach Populous upkeep. And I encourage you, if you have multiple bases, to find out how governors on your other planets will approach Populous upkeep. I think all planets need to be planning now for the release coming in just a handful of weeks.
PS: One more quick note…astute observers may have noticed that I have dropped out of Yellow Fin and formed a one member corporation. With the upcoming upkeep requirements, my Yellow Fin partners agreed that the Prdgi model made sense in the short term. This is a dedicated corporation to managing Katoa, and in this model, all the taxes will stay with me for rapid investment in Katoa.