As we draw close to the end of starbase era, I feel CCP should consider a suitable replacement for them in the near future, one that can meet demand of a changing politics and influences, Mobile Facilities. I know Citadels occupy a large aspect of this change, but I feel Citadels can’t exactly meet the needs of some pilots who require mobility and flexibility when it comes to their operations. This is where I am going to propose the concept of Mobile Facilities, structures, like the mobile depot, can be stationed and easily packed up to be moved to its next home or job site. Now this concept may affect some geopolitics within EVE to an extent since the structure’s flexiblility and mobility would change how certain alliances and corps operate but I think this will help the game overall. I would also propose TII versions of these that are sllightly better although don’t outpace citadels in terms of efficiency.
Operations Center: Allows for the remote interaction of mobile facilites for a capsuleer
Labratory: Enables the production of boosters and provides a place for a finite number of clones; Enables invention and research
Assembly Yard: Allows for the production of subcapital ships, ammo, and charges
Refinery: Allows for the processing and compression of ore
Hangar: Storage for a limited number of ships and items, with its own dedicated unnassembled ship hold but limited space for modules
Turret: Defensive fortifications to be deployed.
Of course some ideal drawbacks would the fact they would begin to degrade if left alone for more than 30 days or something similar accompany by an efficiency drawback in exchange for their ability to be packed up to be moved on the go when need be. The whole idea to is to expanded on the concept of mobile depots and largely allow for more fluidity in terms of operating a corporation or industrial job, instead of having to travel to your preferred citadel or complex, allowing players to operate for longer periods in certain regions. Remembering my trip to sov nullsec, I was unable to find a freeport anywhere until i came come across one that charged docking fees, I pondered the idea of this as to establish my operations far from prying eyes in parts unknown.