I know that for many years it has been mooted that pos’s are going to be replaced by the new citadels and engineering stations, but I think that the POS still has a huge part to play.
My suggestion is that the POS’s be renamed tactical staging posts (TSP) and some of the mechanics be changed to suppliment this.
The idea is that the TSP’s are used to stage into a new system and be used as a temporary base of operations. The PTSPwould still function the same as it does currently as a POS with all the existing mods, however it would have a few slight changes.
1, the TSP does not require fuel because this is readily supplied as part of the tower.
2, the TSP will have a finite time limit for operation. After 30 days of anchoring the TSP will automatically expire as it succumbs to the effects of space. After all it is only a stick with a shield. This is why point 1 exist so that the TSP fuel cannot be topped up to prolong it’s use.
3, when the TSP is destroyed or expires any onlined/anchored modules automatically unanchor. This would give people a reason to attack the pos as much as removing it from the battlefield.
4, the anchoring and onlining will take place in the same cycle, Once it starts the pos gains shield hull and armor. The hull comes online first, then the armor (you get the point). but is attackable throughout the onlining process.
5, reduce the anchoring/onlining process time. This will allow people to get a TSP up in a reasonable time as you would want to if your invading another players space.
Well I hope people like my idea