A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then that the year is 3000AD and the Benevolent Emperor Runz I has ascended the Imperial Throne of the United Empire, a race of terrans who have evolved in the Arcturus System deep in the galactic south. At this time the most precious substance in the known universe is the Dust; self replicating nanite machines left over from a long dead alien race known as the Endless. Dust powers technology, dust can create and destroy with a thought, it can expand minds and it functions as an intergalactic currency as it is coveted by all who know of it in the universe. The Empire must flourish, the dust must flow!
3000AD OK So I'm playing as the United Empire in this playthrough, or the Great and Bountiful Runz Empire as I prefer to call it, and I'm sat down on some little mudball fairly far in the galactic south. The United Empire is something of a Corporate State which in theory is ruled over by an aristocracy but in reality is rather fractured and is largely run by the corporations. However, this business mindset gives them large economic bonuses to dust production and exploitation. They're also a fairly strong military force, although not as strong as some other races, and they gain bonuses on ship experience gains and on system defence from invasions. There's a good chance I will be using the Empire's economic prowess to fund rapid colonial expansion backed up by a small but elite military force. I've decided to play on a Huge Spiral Galaxy map with seven other empires, so all the races in the game are represented and it works out roughly one empire per spiral arm constellation and an empty constellation in the middle which will likely be the scene of early confrontations. My starting position isn't too bad honestly, Acturus is a decent White Star system with five planets on it; one Terran (or earth like) planet, one artic, one gas, one barren and one lava. I have an early supply of Titanium 70, which is a strategic resource used in later ship construction, and a luxury resource of Concrete Artifacts left behind from the Endless. The early prospects look pretty good at this stage, I have shipping routes to four other systems, three of which are yellow sun systems which typically have easily colonisable worlds. I may be able to very quickly establish some high population systems to give me an early start against the competition.