I also noticed iffy ship designs and "broken" empire policies when using this race mod (didnt notice it before i started using this though, but it might have been a bug introduced in the latest patch instead, i don't know).
All ships had no armor, no shields, and even no weapons upon starting a new game.. No joke. (Gizureans)
Furthermore, in the empire policy screen, all the ship design emphasis was set to "NONE".
This is a 1.7.16 critical bug of DW that for some reason is not fixed.
The problem is in policy file (either race or policy folder), a text file containing numbers.
Those numbers are given as 2.0.
In many countries (even England it may seem), Windows thinks that is a string of text, and that a number is typed as 2,0.
What you have to do is one of two:
1: Replace ass . with , in those files (Notepad++ query/replace "only" require 20 repetitions).
2: Go into windows regional settings, and in a subwindows change the decimal separator from , to .
It is an issue with no weapons on anything. Which makes wars rather troop focused, and space monsters a massive pest. Maybe carriers works, and ion weapons are mounted, though.