The planet report screen provides not only a full planet summary
for all the star systems that you control and a breakdown of your
maintenance costs, but also allows you to instantly look up and
move to any planet of your choice by name. Furthermore, a quick
scan of this screen will reveal which planets have the best population
growth and which ones are losing colonists to pollution.
When first entering the screen, the planet that you were previously
viewing will be highlighted. Selecting any other planet’s
row will send you to that selected planet in the Main Control screen.
Arrow Icons: If you have more than 12 planets
under your control, the arrow keys will allow you to scroll the
list up and down to find a particular planet.
Population: The current colony population is
shown in the left box. If the population has changed since last
turn an arrow will be displayed in the right box (red for decrease
and green for increase) along with the amount of change. Unless
the colony has been engaged in combat, a red arrow is a sure sign
that industrial waste is killing off your population. (For details
on population growth, see Colonizing Planets.)
Planetary Shields (SHD): Planetary shields defend
both populations and military bases from enemy space bombardment.
The rating of the shield, V–XX, indicates how many points
of damage are absorbed from each attack. Missile bases are protected
by both Planetary Shields and their own Deflector Shields.
Factories (FACT): Industrial factories are the
main source of colony production, but each factory requires at least
one colonist unit to operate. Eventually advanced robotics technology
will allow colonists to operate multiple factories. Any factories
beyond the control of the colonists can not be operated. Missile
Bases (BASE): Missile bases are a cheap alternative to space fleets
for planetary defense.
Industrial Waste (WST): The industrial waste
shown beside the number of factories reduces the maximum number
of colonists that can live on a planet. The report screen is quite
useful for identifying those planets that are having pollution problems
and then jumping to them so that you can increase their ecology