Let me put it another way. When the early adopters paid full price for each expansion they were getting a better deal than the folks who pick up the UE now, because if they found a bug that required a hardcode fix there was a chance of it being squished, as opposed to now.
Oh, I absolutely agree with that. I just don't think, that the term "unfinished" is fitting. All the game mechanics are implemented. They may not properly work, due to bugs, or the AI may not be able to use some of them, but that is also the case for most games out there. If you apply the term here, then you would also need to call MoM, SMAX, and BG2 unfinished, for example.
Still, there is one area where I'm actually inclined to agree with the term. The last mission of the TotA campaign uses placeholder-text for the first contact greetings of the Krynn and Iconians. This was the case when I first played the campaign on release, and it was still case when I was fixing all the campaign-bugs a few month ago. It's not the only time this happened during the campaign, and it's also not limited to TotA. However, in all the other cases, those races just didn't have any texts assigned to them, and used the default ones from the sandbox instead. It didn't make much sense sometimes (allies treating you as if they just met you for the first time), but it was still better than this: "Iconian morality msg 0"!
I get that not everybody cares about campaigns, but how has this gone unnoticed for over five years? Heck, how did this even go past QA in the first place!?
Thalans have Lvl 3 Manufacturing matrices. The best factories in the game.
Only due to the low maintenance cost. Which is pretty strange, considering that it is supposed to be higher than, or at least equal to, what the other races pay. The factory with the highest base output, however, is the Yor Ultimate Collective (13mp).
That's a diplocheese tactic though. The AI can't upgrade those buildings without the necessary technology so it clogs up tiles with those low-yield factories and slave pits.
Not only that. It also makes no sense lore-wise. For the Drengin, even designing a machine to do slave-labour would be dis-honourable. If you got caught doing that, you would quickly find yourself working in the Slave Pits. If you are lucky, that is. As for the Thalan and Yor, why would they use something that they would regard as inferior technology or completely in-efficient, respectively? The Iconians, on the other hand, are entirely reliant on their robotic servants. I doubt, that they even know how to use a screwdriver.