I was just doing some Military Starbases around my borders since I am IEVEEL! and everyone wants a piece of me, and it got me thinking:
6 new lines of research, 4 researches in each.
One of them becomes available after sufficient progress has been made in the Beam Weapons, and is called Polarisation Field. The Polarisation Field Mark I is a size 6 system that adds +1 damage to ALL beam weapons in a given battle, both friendly and enemy ships gain this bonus. This also applies to the enemy. Mark II is the same thing, but size 4, mark III is a size 6 but with a +2 bonus and mark IV is size 4 with the same bonus. The 6 would be:
Polarisation Field - Bonus Beam damage
Quantum Acceleration Field - Bonus Railgun damage
Volatility Field - Bonus Missile damage
Gravitic Distortion Field - Bonus Anti-Missile defense
Solidifier Field - Bonus Armor defense
Energy Dampeners - Bonus Shield defense
So the purpose would be to greatly increase the power of your fleet's weapons and defenses, but must be used carefully, in conjunction to your espionage, to avoid a fight with a Missile nut while all your ships are equipped with Volatility Fields.
What say you?