This page explains both how to understand the drought state, and the effect on the BGS (Background Simulation). Use the tags above to read about related items, together with similar/related functions in-game.
Drought is a new state added in 3.5. Little data so far reported.
When under negative faction states, you may see a drop in INF. This means your INF will drop in traditionally “locked” states such as Conflicts. If you are affected whilst in Lockdown you can risk losing a system without being able to do anything about it. At present it does appear these states can clear randomly in 7 ticks without any effort.
Specifially, during drought, delivery of water and water purifiers can rectify the state.
Functional States: Discreet State