Space Industry (Habitat Overhaul)

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Space Industry (Habitat Overhaul) updated to 3.2 for all your Habitat loving goodness, balancing tweaks, and soon(tm) to arrive flavor events and special habitats for unique worlds.

Compared to 3.0, SIHO allows you to gain mineral and energy habitats from a wider variety of planet(oids), allow habitats to be placed on asteroids or stars, and allow habitats to scale deeper into the game with technology and traditions improving your Habitat districts as well. New to the 3.0 version, Habitats will also work in tandem with your colonies beneath them.

Worlds and Habitats Working In Concert

Habitats will now provide special bonuses towards your colonies, reflecting industries that are more an extension of the planet’s economy rather than some rural rough neck spacers wrangling rocks in your Belt. Habitats above a colony (or a gas giant that a colony is a moon of) will provide a special deposit to themselves and your colony, depending upon the Districts of your Habitat. In addition, Habitats will gain an additional district slot for being in orbit of larger, more established colonies (+1 max districts for a Major Capital, and +2 max districts for a System Capital).

Context Dependent Districts

Rather than just checking for resource deposits, habitats will also check for the type of planetary body they’re built upon. Asteroids and most rocky planets allow for the astro mining districts. Ice asteroids, gas giants, toxic worlds, and luminous stars allow the generator district. And collapsars, shrouded worlds, and shielded worlds can support science districts.

Habitats can still not be built over moons, however any unlocked districts or deposits the moon would have given the habitat are added to any habitats built over the primary planetoid.

An Administration and Temple District have been added, allowing habitats to fully flesh out their specialist flexing with unity production in orbit.

Seamless Transition

You no longer need to build a colony ship and park it over to your newly constructed habitat. As soon as your habitat is finished building, it’ll auto colonize with your Empire’s main species, reflecting the growing population of space miners (and administrators) that will surely welcome new fresh faced immigrants who didn’t realize the toil it took to turn a dead space rock into a home for the family.

Deposit Scaling Modifiers

Habitats above mineral, energy, or science deposits will receive a bonus towards that resource, equal to 5% times the size of the deposit.

Late Game Habitats

Habitats in 3.0 suffer. But on top of new issues (I’ll see what I can do, but some will involve not being modding friendly to other, potentially popular mods!), they still suffer in the mid to late game compared to planets because of how lackluster their city districts and capitals are compared to their planetary cousins. From technologies and traditions, planetary city districts gain the same housing as habitat cities, in addition to two clerks. This leads to a residency crunch as the late game approaches.

SIHO addresses this by making sure that the habitat city district will always be 50% better than their planetary counterpart. The housing of your habitat city district will increase by one with each city technology, and 2 for the prosperity tradition (to a maximum of 12), and also produces two clerks (with a third unlocked by the relevant prosperity tradition). In addition, Habitat Manufacturing Districts will provide 2 Metallurgists and 1 Factory worker by default, with Factory habitats shifting to 3 Factory Workers, and Foundry habitats shifting to all 3 Metallurgists.


Certain habitats will have more districts than the UI will normally show (looking at you, Gas Giants) and will require a planet view mod of your choice that can handle six or seven districts. This can be overcome in vanilla by going to replace an already built district, giving you the full choice of districts to swap too (although they can’t be seen).

The following vanilla files were overwritten with this mod;

Special Thanks and Other Projects

Special thanks to the Stellaris Modding Den discord channel for helping me through with any questions I’ve had since starting to try my hand at modding.

Special thanks to MrFreake, for creating and accepting me for the Stellaris Mod Jam, which gave me an opportunity to refine my modding skills and inspire some of the new mechanics which will be ported into SIHO!

Thanks to SushiSquid for writing the new code for reading the deposits and translating it to the resource bonuses for habitats.