I will address existing comments and the current trigger Q which it is started from in the particular case.
The root of the problem starts not from inconsistent applying only, but it starts from self-identifying of WB.SE and what it actually is a place where creators get help or a wiki database and if it is a wiki/database do different opinion based Q/A contribute to it, are they or aren't they building blocks for someone else's stories etc.
Writing guide which helps to conduct certain policy might be a good thing(which includes them to be a part of review template), but it is not enough, and probably not the first thing to do.
You have to ensure that the people understand them in a similar way, and it's done trough training, trough exchange our reasons to take this or another decision for particular questions. And those reasons should be readable for those who will be decision maker soon, or who still do not get it because he was an excellent writer to get 3k+ in 10 questions.(exaggerate)
For those reasons, it is good to have an easily accessible set of living examples of questions/answers we think are bad with short reasons why it is so. They have to be not once written examples for all times, but it has to be rolling examples of what we consider good or bad. and exactly that is the point of the Hot or Not - the Opinion based question, the sandbox game - to display and to exchange approaches in decision making.
As for the question itself (about moving base) it is clearly a plot seeking question, which looks for a consistent set of details, and because of that, it is opinion based by definition. (the only thing which a bit grounds a fantasy that is science-based restriction mentioned by OP) and I was pleased to see it was put on hold for two reasons:
- I saw people who understand what derivation from opinion (which it opinion-based) means
- I was pleased not to see on the closing list particular users which raise my suspicion of do they have some worth noticing reasoning for their decisions for the recent month or two.
Should the question be alive, yes, as it is pretty interesting one, is it opinion based, sure it is.