A Starbase is a static construction in space that provides certain bonuses and abilities within its area of effect. They are built using a non-combat Ship called a Constructor, which is consumed in the process. Starbases are generally quite well defended and will participate in combat if attacked by enemy Fleets.
There are four types of Starbase:
- Mining Starbase - allows the collection of Strategic Resources.
- Economic Starbase - provides a Manufacturing, Income and Research boost to worlds in the area of effect.
- Communications Starbase - provides a Cultural boost to worlds in the area of effect, and produces its own Influence too.
- Military Starbase - greatly improves the performance of combat Ships in the area of effect, and are formidable in combat when facing down enemy Fleets.
To create a Starbase, build a Constructor at a Shipyard and then navigate it to the desired hex, which must be empty and adhering to the Starbase spacing rule above. Then click the Construct Starbase button on the Shipâ€™s toolbar.
Each Starbase type has many different modules that can be added for various effects, whether to increase the effectiveness of that type of baseâ€™s main effect, or for additional functionality and abilities. For example, sensor packages can be installed to increase the Sensor Range of a base, and defensive systems can make them more dangerous in combat. These modules can be unlocked through researched Techs in the yellow Starbase branch of the Engineering Tech Tree.