I’d love to see more events/consequences related to the space/mars programs. Maybe some events can be programmed in to kick in once the mars landing/mars base gets started, or the space station kicks off.
Events may include:
A disaster that kills the crew or wrecks some equipment (or both), resulting in a hit against patriotism
A rival nation wants to work with you, or other nations want to start an international station/mars landing program: you can choose to go it alone, or to join the international effort
One of your astronauts makes a splash on social media (similar to Chris Hadfield), increases technology advantage, patriotism
Successful landing on Mars / space station: boost to patriotism, tech advantage, etc
Military involvement in space program: kicks in if you have a highly funded military/intelligence organization: rival nations accuse you of using your space program for military/intelligence as well as research purposes: option to de-militarize the space program (boost international relations, hit against patriotism) or to coordinate your space program with the military-industrial complex
Thanks for reading and thanks for all your work on this game