It has been a long time since I tried playing as a synthetic based race, so I decided to take one for a test run again. And damn, they are pretty bad now. It takes 1 durantium and 1 promethium to make 0.5 population? While a city that provides non-synthetics with a MINIMUM of 3 population only costs like 4 promethium? Bleh. Also synthetics have always had pretty weak buildings that they could make, like no space elevator, no deep core mine, no space port, etc; but they made up for their crappy buildings with raw population numbers. But now their population is capped at whatever the planet class is? So now all other types of races can easily have more population on their planets than synthetics? Bleh. Then add in the insult that those really special precursor planets always have the -25% food production, -50% synthetic population cap. The -25% food has absolutely zero effect on non-synthetic races, since they can just grow food on other planets while stacking cities on good precursor planets. But the -50% synthetic population cap makes those precursor worlds almost garbage for the synthetic races, at least compared to how much better they are for non-synthetics.
I realize that synthetics were a bit over-powered way back in the day, which is why I quit playing as them and just used them as opponents. But damn you guys have totally gimped the hell out of them now. It is no wonder that the Yor and my own custom made synthetic races have been doing absolutely horrible and posing no real opposition in my recent games.