I know it's a revolutionary and perhaps impractical idea, but I think it's worth suggesting anyway. There are a lot of great ideas for how to improve this boring game and so far modders have done a lot more to make the game fun than Stardock has, so here's my idea.
Hey Stardock, pay attention to the ideas suggested here, stop relying on modders to make the game worth playing and do it yourselves. Relying entirely on modders to make the game fun just ends in a complicated mess of mods not all of which are compatible with eachother or changes to the latest version. Relying on modders to make the game fun makes it less accessible to everyone else, modders are great to have but mods aren't always kept up to date and can be a hassle to find, download, and install which can put people off. It's also a hassle for the modders who can put a lot of work into something only to have to go back and redo it because of a patch, and a lot of the time mods just aren't able to do what people are suggesting, and some mods can have unintended and unforseen consequences on how the game operates.
You shouldn't expect your customers to be programmers, you guys are the ones who promised us a revolutionary strategy game, plenty of people have great ideas for how to improve it, so listen to them. This game should be fun as a core game, still moddable but not some dull shell of a game to install mods onto.