Stellaris – Can You Add Planets to Sectors?

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Sectors are a great tool in Stellaris. They help break your empire up into sections, allow for automation, and you can even make vassals out of them.
Sectors have been part of Stellaris since its beginning. During that time, some pretty major changes have happened. When newer players create sectors, they often want to know how they can add certain planets to a particular sector.

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Returning players may also get confused about the sector changes that have occurred over the years. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about how planets interact with sectors in the current game version.

You cannot manually add or remove planets from sectors in Stellaris anymore. This feature used to exist but is now removed. Planets are now automatically added to a sector if they are four hyperlane jumps away from the sector capital.

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Can You Add Planets to Sectors in Stellaris?

To keep a long story short; the ability to manually add planets to sectors has been removed. In the past, when you created a sector, you could add or remove planets from whatever sector you liked. This is no longer the case.

If this is a feature you are desperate to see returned, there probably are mods you could find to do that for you. I prefer the changes to sector management. It is now much easier and beginner-friendly.

When you create a sector now, you select a planet to be the sector capital.

The game will then add every colonized planet, within four hyperlane jumps, to the new sector. So if you are trying to group certain planets together, you will have to choose your sector capital very carefully.

While this change may limit some min-maxing potential, in terms of governor selection, for example.

To the average player, this loss will never be felt, and the reduction in workload allows you to maximize economy output elsewhere.

This is everything you need to know about adding planets to sectors in Stellaris.

There is a full guide to creating sectors here on Gamer Empire already. If you would like to learn more about sectors, that is the best place to start.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this guide, please let us know in the comments section below. Enjoy playing with sectors in Stellaris.

Simon Neve

Simon lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and two children. When not caring for his family, Simon enjoys video games, board games, and tabletop roleplaying games. When playing isn't an option he writes about them instead.

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