In my current game I had a cluster of colony worlds bordering another race. I built a comms starbase to bolster my influence in the region. Now I know that starbases don't impact the outputs of colonies, however I also built the colonial beacon upgrade on the border colonies. The influence output of the colonies didn't appear to change.
Also looking through the ideology trees I came across the representation perk which states "all colonies generate influence".
So I suppose how does influence spread/generation works in terms of colonies? Is the colonial beacon a waste of an upgrade?
Thanks in advance