From: United States
The Dominion is interesting, if only for being friends with the Cardies and Breen, but they're so slow compared to the Federation, the latter of which I can get to tech level 3+ all around, with most of the wonders, and controlling a large chunk of the galaxy, all less than 25 years into the game! I think the main culprit to the Dominion being slow is the fact that the "Trade with other Empires" check-box is off in the default Dom policy, which might account for significant loss of revenue. Either way, they're never terribly powerful in the games I play, even if I beef them up with excellent starting systems, and tweak them with the in-game editor. The one time I tried playing as them I wound up losing one of my starting colonies to the Son'a! Oh, the shame!
I actually gave them and the Breen +30 and 20, respectively, to colony income just now to see if that is indeed the case. The Breen actually got to around five systems before I encountered them in my latest game, whereas before they rarely got past one or two, but the Dominion got squished in the corner with the Cardies and another race.
Edit: I should mention that I get the Feddies to that state with everything on automation, just choosing what techs to go after and crash researching when I have a good surplus, all of my games so far have been on Huge/Huge, 100% colony influence range, and colony founding limit to two sectors, all other settings are normal. I do have it set to generate a dozen and a half empires, with the Dominion, Klingons, and Romulons as the only guarantees.
Or maybe the problem is the Federations compounding research bonuses.
< Message edited by Ardryn -- 5/5/2012 9:11:31 AM >