Everything costs money. Taxes were invented to provide governments with the money to purchase the goods and services that they believed they needed. However, people tend to become unreasonable when asked to pay for too many things that they consider to be unnecessary (e.g. roads, education, infrastructure and warships) and they've been known to stage protests, riots, or even revolutions in order to pay lower taxes.
Planets.nu attempts to simulate this phenomenon using a model based on Taxes, Happiness, MegaCredits, Climate, and Planetary Structures. To complicate matters slightly (while vastly improving profitability), native races have been introduced. The basic premise is, the higher the taxes, the less happy people are – but the more money they generate for government spending.
The game uses some complex formulae to determine population happiness from turn to turn. On the bright side, you probably don't need to memorize them; the interface keeps track of this sort of thing for you. Keep these general rules in mind and you ought to do fine:
The larger your colonist population grows, the more planetary structures it can support. (There are other complex formulae for that.) Also, as a general rule, the larger a population is, the faster it can grow – within certain limits.
For more detailed information, please refer to the Happiness Details page.
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