Policies are empire-wide laws of behavior that outline the governing precepts for how an empire will guide its expansion through the stars and its stance on certain subjects. Policies are different from edicts in that they cost nothing to implement, but have effects on how citizens and other empires are likely to view each other. Once altered, a specific policy cannot be changed until 10 years have passed.
Changing policies is advised as a way to mitigate faction unhappiness in large empires that have a lot of pops of different ethics, besides the possibility of opening up new possible avenues of power.
War philosophy limits the systems an empire is allowed to make claims for. The limit is removed during defensive wars for the defender and does not apply for systems owned by Fallen Empires. War philosophy cannot be changed while at war.
No restriction on system claims
War is a dish best served frequently, and to those who will not cook for themselves.
Claims on another empire's systems can only be made during defensive wars
Animosity Casus Belli on rivals is replaced with the Ideology Casus Belli
Not Fanatic Pacifist or Genocidal
We must further our own interests, even when they run contrary to the interests of others.
Claims on any system can only be made during defensive wars
Not Fanatic Militarist or Genocidal
Violence is a last resort to ensure the integrity of our nation.
Land Appropriation determines if newly acquired planets with Pops without Full Citizenship will have some bottom-stratum Pops replaced with Full Citizenship Pops. The replaced Pops will become refugees. The policy is not available to Gestalt Consciousness empires.
Conquered planets will have their population preserved as-is
The land that our empire controls belongs to all of its inhabitants.
Planets conquered from non-citizen species will have up to 5 Pops displaced and replaced with citizens from our other planets
The land that the lesser species are not properly utilizing can be put to greater use by their betters.
The economic policy determines whether civilian or military resource production should receive more focus. The policy is not available to Gestalt Consciousness empires. Using Artisan / ( Artisan + Metallurgist) as the percentage of your civilian industry, Civilian Economy is beneficial when above 62.5% and Militarized Economy is beneficial when the percentage of civilian industry is below 37.5%.
+15% Monthly Consumer Goods -25% Monthly Alloys
The needs of the populace must become before the business of war. Economic might, not military prowess, is what our empire will be founded on.
No bonuses or penalties to resource production
To commit ourselves fully to either war or peace is to restrict ourselves to a narrow view. We must be ready for whatever the future may hold.
-25% Monthly Consumer Goods +15% Monthly Alloys
To neglect our defense is to neglect our survival. Trinkets and baubles are scarce comfort when the enemy is battering down the gates.
This policy determines what each unit of Trade Value is converted into once it reaches the capital system. The policy is not available to Gestalt Consciousness empires.
Trade Value exchange rate
1 Energy Credits
The purpose of trade is to generate profits for individuals and revenue for the state. We should focus our trade efforts fully on this creation of wealth.
0.5 Energy Credits and 0.25 Consumer Goods
Profits and taxes must take second place to improving the lives of our citizens. We should focus our trade efforts towards the manufacture and distribution of everyday necessities.
Marketplace of Ideas
0.5 Energy Credits and 0.25 Unity
Trade can be used not only to move goods around, but also to facilitate the spread of ideas. We should focus our trade efforts towards ensuring that the message of our government is heard on all planets where we do business.
This policy determines how much freedom an empire gives to artificial intelligence. This policy becomes available once the Positronic AI technology is obtained. In Synthetic Dawn synthetics in servitude may start an AI rebellion.
Description & Notes
Robot Pops have their sapience removed and can only take Worker Stratum Jobs
Robot Pops can be disassembled
Android armies and Sapient AI Assistants are disassembled
Cannot research Sapient Combat Computers (they can still be used if already researched)
If robots show signs of rebelliousness removing their sapience will start an AI rebellion
Intelligent, self-aware machines are an incalculable threat to all living things. The creation of an artificial intelligence is an offense punishable by death.
Robot Pops cannot take Ruler Stratum Jobs
Robot Pops do not require Consumer Goods
Robot Pops can be dissassembled
Robot Pops cannot join factions
The overriding purpose of any machine must be to serve its masters and perform whatever tasks it was designed for, regardless of how intelligent it may be.
Robot Pops cannot be disassembled
Robot Pops require Consumer Goods
Robot Pops can join factions
Robot Pops will never rebel
Any self-aware machine that fulfills the criteria of possessing true artificial intelligence is to be regarded as an individual, with all the rights and obligations that entails.
This policy determines the stance on accepting refugees that are fleeing from purges, displacement and persecution in other empires. This policy is unlocked when another species has been met and is not available to Gestalt Consciousness empires unless they have the Rogue Servitor civic.
Description & Notes
Refugees may not arrive
To open our borders to the dregs of other societies would only serve to undermine the state.
Citizen Species Only
Refugees may arrive if their species has Full Citizenship rights
We cannot allow compassion to overpower good sense. Only those who would be worthwile additions to society should be brought into our borders.
Refugees may arrive if their species does not have Undesirables rights
Those fleeing death and persecution at the hands of tyrants will be welcome within our borders.
This policy determines an empire's position on the forced removal of species that are no longer wanted. This policy option only dictates which degree of purging is allowed, further details on which pops are to be purged and in what way can be managed with the species rights system.
Description & Notes
Can not Purge or Displace pops
The purge is an atrocity and should always be treated as such.
Can Displace pops
Not Xenophile or signatory
It is not our responsibility to see to the needs of those who would undermine the foundations of our society. Let them find their homes outside our borders.
Can Purge and Displace pops
Xenophobe Not signatory
The troublesome and corrupt elements within our Empire must be cleansed, lest their rot take root in us all.