It’s an interesting problem to consider solving.
I like where you head is on this.
Per planet population cap:
Storms and Hypnos could be used maliciously to prevent families from building. Not just for GC bankers, but all infra. A guy with a grudge and an Evo would easily be able to keep your smaller players, cf bankers, and main resourcer held back ad nauseam.
Eliminate the “EOB” entirely:
“EOB” = “Our empire’s large size increases construction costs by x.xx%”.
The massive advantage of the fam active enough to do con jumps will be removed.
And yep, we would all be making more, alot more.
Might keep the econ guys a bit more into the round as well.
Fams on the defensive (or turtling up) will have a chance to make comebacks by infraing balls out while fams in a more agro state are spending on fights.
If that is to much econ (no EOB), then we could cap the amount of space available to a max of “X” percent OB. Which, could be used another way to cut down on general galaxy over production if such a thing is even necessary. That would be more of a question for @I_like_pie.