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Happiness is a resource that gets spent at certain actions and affects build time of its colony. Values below 0 lead to longer build times and may attract Cultists. Launching colony ships or space stations deducts a predictable amount of happiness. There is also a cap (9,223,372,036,854,775,807) for the maximum amount of happiness (or theorically, UNhappiness) you can accumulate on each planet while each planet's happiness is independent from the other.

Happiness can be affected in several ways:

  • Buildings that give you +happiness/hr, such as the University, Entertainment District, Park, Luxury Housing, Capital, and theme Park.
  • Adding food to a park or theme park, even before the party is over and you get the party bonus (this can be immensely useful when construction times are very, oh so very slow or booked in advance for days).
  • If you have pollution, you lose 1 happiness per point of pollution that isn't sequestered in a Waste Sequestration Well, Ravine, crater, or Interdimensional Rift.
  • Building anything that uses food gives you happiness equal to the amount of food used, provided you have at least 4 types of food available (more than 4 types doesn't give more happiness than 4)
  • Demolishing or downgrading buildings subtract happiness based on the food that was used to build them.
  • if you have exactly 3 types of food, happiness doesn't change
  • If you have less than 3 types of food, then building anything that uses food will cause you to lose happiness.
  • Having negative plots affects happiness generation as well.

Each planet that you colonize requires a single lump sum of happiness that is subtracted from your current happiness of the planet you launch your colony ship from, and each additional planet takes an increasing amount of happiness.

Here is a table depicting the first 8 colony costs for each growth affinity.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 1 100000 100000 100000 100000 100000 100000 100000
 2 274000 273000 272000 271000 270000 269000 268000
 3 750760 745290 739840 734410 729000 723610 718240
 4 2057083 2034642 2012365 1990252 1968300 1946511 1924884
 5 5636406 5554572 5473633 5393581 5314410 5236115 5158687
 6 15443752 15163982 14888280 14616604 14348907 14085148 13825282
 7 42315881 41397669 40496121 39610995 38742049 37889047 37051754
 8 115945512 113015635 110149449 107345795 104603533 101921536 99298699

Keywords: Happiness happy Waste

5Garloo: "As long as there are small quantities of four foods, you'll gain happiness. The production doesn't matter, it's the existance that counts."
0Teodozjan: "Will next colony cost decrease when I abandon colony?"
0United Federation: "Yes, if you abandon a colony, it will reduce the cost."
0: "Do you mean that having more than four different sorts of food has no effect on happiness?"
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