I can't seem to find an indicator anywhere for how happy my empire is! I see modifiers every now and then, but nothing about the actual happiness. I have checked everywhere, nothing in steam forums other than how to increase it, nothing on the wiki that I can see, nothing!

I would assume there isn't a happiness rating and not to worry about it, but every now and then I see something that modifies it such as an increase by 5% or that robots are always 100% happy.

Is happiness actually calculated in the game? If so, how do I find out what my empire happiness is?

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I figured it out not long after posting the question.

Happiness is calculated in the game and it is a per 'pop' basis. This means each section on a planetary grid that is occupied by a population unit, or 'pop', has it's own individual happiness level. It is on a percentage scale.

The indicator looks like a progress bar right below the portrait of the pop icon, it is the same indicator that is used as a progress bar when a pop is being grown there. It's on a color scale, looks like the happier one is the greener it is and the unhappier one is the yellow to red it gets.

  • This does seem to be the only place it's listed. It would be real nice if there was a planet-wide, sector-wide, and/or empire-wide average displayed somewhere.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 14:40
  • Happy is green. Blue is when the pop is growing / under construction (for robots) Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:00
  • It's also kinda blue when it's around 70% happiness Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:01
  • @TaylorAllred Do you have a screenshot? Because both Happy (71-89) and Joyful(90+) look the same shade of green to me. Commented May 13, 2016 at 15:02
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    @DCShannon Except happiness really is calculated per population. A single planet can have pops of varying happiness due to different factions, races, and genetics. I'm not sure that an average of 72% would be helpful, if it really means all your loyalists are 95%, but all your xeno's are 20%
    – Kexlox
    Commented May 13, 2016 at 19:50

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