Nice thread! One question on the OP:
Should this read:
- In each tick the factions present "compete" over a bottle of wine. That bottle of wine is formed by taking a fraction of a bottle of wine proportional to the percentage of system's wine that they own... so a faction with 75% influence provides 75% of the bottle.
because I thought the Influences in a system always added up to 100%, but then I am no BGS expert, as I constantly find
Yes! I'll change it