minimum tech level: pre-industrial (1)
maximum tech level: biotech (7)
Pretty much the only way you can make a world starve or riot is to deprive it of necessary resources. You could of course transfer everything off planet onto waiting jumptransports, but the more probably way for this to happen is that you designate a planet to generate resources and then export so much that there's not enough for the population on the planet itself. If you do this with food, your people will starve – reducing the population and leading (likely) to rebellion, civil war, and a declaration of independence. So long and thanks for all the tech.