I think it's fine if you don't have a list ingame of available public domain research : I just want to have the "WOW ! AMAZING!" effect when I find a new unhabited sector with a new weapon/tech I didn't know the existance.
The public domain isnt from realism and "i want it in there", its there to prevent runaway development of a single entity which cant be beaten by "inside forces".
Think of a freelancer like setting, where in liberty space a single faction starts to runaway with research, out-everythinging every other faction in liberty space, without any hope for them of ever catching up.
As they control mining, production, research.
Leading to a continously increasing advantage for the researching faction.
with a public domain research sheme, the whole liberty sector would be teching up as well, lagging behind, but in a controlled, limited fashion.
Rheinland, kusari, bretonia would have their own public domains which are independent (they might not even know the liberty domain!).
Liberty could seriously outclass or being somewhere completely else than the other domains, but that doesnt matter, as the sheme should only manifest the combined technological progress of connected communities/civilisations/races.
A single domain would be like planet earth, you may not like or cooperate with everyone, but in the grand sheme of things the same technologies are available to everyone.
That there may is a civilisation on kepler-442b thats more advanced than us doesnt matter, as we dont know them and dont communicate with them.
your "lack of discovery" assumes that theres information already available somewhere and if its available to someone you know and can contact.
I'm a little bit desapointed by that. Is there a topic about discovery in LT? I can't find it.
With speed of light limit disabled for every points of the game, the player could buy an universe map at the first station and there is nothing to discover, it's like google maps.
Sorry for the HS.
Did you just fail the turing test? O.o
Who said that the data is available somewhere?
Not every nook and cranny will be filled with stations and ships, there will be vast swathes of systems which are unknown to everyone.
So you cannot just buy a map at the first station, as there is no map of the whole universe.
Nobody has such a map, as there are systems where nobody was before, nobody knew of.
Also: the game universe is infinite, not even the game itself has a complete map at the start