Re: Population research
Tot has been the best government for almost everyone for a while now. Corp doesn't start beating Tot until you end the round on 5000+ roids. If you're just playing a reasonable top 100 planet, ending on 1500 roids or so, Tot is 4.5% better than Corp and 5.3% better than Soc.
(And because numbers are fun: Nat overtakes Tot at 10k+ roids at round end.)
It's really hard to calculate whether playing as Tot all round long is better or worse than starting as Demo and switching to Tot, because with the exception of core mining, research cannot be converted to value.
Corp all round is probably bad, though, now that you need even more research to get your planet started.
The outraged poets threw sticks and rocks over the side of the bridge. They were all missing Mary and he felt a contented smug feeling wash over him. He would have given them a coy little wave if the roof hadn't collapsed just then. Mary then found himself in the middle of an understandably shocked family's kitchen table. So he gave them the coy little wave and realized it probably would have been more effective if he hadn't been lying on their turkey.