but it can happen on other unis too
Yup, that's how you have top 1's in almost every universe. Except for Oberon, they buy their resources over there.
If you don't like it then move on and play a different game, the game's gone to s#@! anyway, it's been like that ever since they introduced the option of buying resources, then MCO and soon we'll have lifeforms
GF is the true definition of one bad idea after another.