(04-13-2017, 01:08 PM)bastecklein Wrote: I dont care if the commonwealths are mixed up. I am just making changes to the distance that a child colony will be placed from its mother colony. With the older settings a child colony could be on the complete opposite side of the map. It now has a tighter radius. Eventually distance between colonies will matter, so I want Commonwealths to be close to each other, unless they join together manually by un-natural means..
I don't think lowering the radius will change much, it will only get spots more crowded, but the commonwealths will get spread the same way around the galaxy.
What I think should be done, is that the radius of a commonwealth should be determined by their size (e.g. GDP, population count, amount of sub-colonies, RRR-Index, or something else). I've made some simulations, and I've discovered that this gives way more beautiful pictures, and it keeps sub-colonies of small commonwealths closer to each other.
As you can see in this picture, the smaller commonwealths like the turqoise one in the right down corner have their sub-colonies close to each other. If you look closely to the bigger commonwealths, you can see that this is the case with them as well. The difference is that the colonies who join later on have a bigger radius to set their colony in. Note how the giant black commonwealth has his colonies spread all over the place, while most of them are still in the middle.
If you compare this to a vast radius, you would get pictures like this;
The bigger commonwealths slowly start to show boundaries, as their vast radius makes the spots more crowded. This isn't that pleasing to look. Bigger problems are the smaller commonwealths; they're almost invisible, and they're divided way too wildly among the galaxy. Lowering boundaries won't help at all, believe me.
Another thing I stumbled upon during these simulations (and another reason to make the radius dependent on the size), is that commonwealths with an unchanged radius will make the galaxy look like this;
While my idea will make the galaxy look like this;
It might look messier, but this feels more like an actual galaxy than the other picture.