I have conquered a bunch of fanatical xenophobes, and they are causing me grief by participating in a homelander faction and demanding I return the planets to their original owner. I want to re-educate them to have the xenophile ethic like my empire. Will influencing them to have negative ethics divergence cause them to eventually adopt my ethics, or does ethics divergence not work that way?
I took a look at the Wikipedia and based on my understanding it works like this:
Ethics divergence effects how likely the pop is going to follow the governing ethics. If a population has -20% Ethics Diversion (like the conformist trait) the more likely they are to switch the the governing ethics. A population with say +20% ethics divergence are more likely to adopt different ethics and start factions etc.
Today's @StellarisGame fact: Negative ethics divergence will make pops drift towards your empire ethos.
In your case, if you make their ethics divergence negative, it will increase the chances that they will adopt your ethics and vice versa if it is positive, they are more likely to adopt new ethics or maintain ones that are not your own. A good thing to note, if the stat is green it is usually better for you so look at the color of the percentage (if it has a color).
Missed out some sources for evidence that the above is true. Wiki page doesn't actually say that negative ethics divergence increase chance of pops adopting ethics of governing bodies. Following links provide evidence by Project Lead, Martin Anward. I highly recommend checking out the twitter link, has loads of useful facts.
Martin Anward's twitter fact
1The article you're quoting doesn't actually say negative divergence results in pops adopting empire ethics.– kotekzotMay 14, 2016 at 22:04
@kotekzot - you are very correct indeed. I read around before posting to make sure I understood it correctly, I read it on the stellaris Web page but there was no official source I could see. I did some digging and a reddit fact of the day collection for stellaris has a source from project lead at paradox Martin Anward's twitter, will update post with link to reddit and twitter post May 14, 2016 at 23:10
Thanks, it's good to have a definite answer. If you want to get more upvotes for this answer, I would suggest rewriting it to be more cohesive and put the best evidence first.– kotekzotMay 14, 2016 at 23:30