i was in a situation similar to yours for a while in a recent game i played around in, normally i dont keep the refugees around very long, but circumstances in a recent game had me tied up in an unusual way (i was attempting to occupy two large clusters some distance away from each other) that left my fleets really thinly spread.
at the time they arrived i could only really scout them, so i sent a exploration ship to their world, i was totally shocked at how fast they could expand, so i hit their homeworld, hard, i sent about 150 crusiers and 50 captial ships (everything i had in reserve). i lost, ironically, not in combat, but because my ships ran out of fuel! the journey to their cluster was so far, i did not have the logistics capable of supporting an invasion! i had no choice but to retreat, and wait for them to attack, and after my little excursion, they sent two planet killers my way. after several months of cat and mouse, and about a half dozen destroyed major colonies, i managed to destroy the planet killers, upgrade my transport troops, and land seven HUNDRED robotic troops on their homeworld
i guess what im trying to tell you is, the game isn't over, until its over
you only lost a few battles, and half your worlds >.>
you should stick it out and see what happens
< Message edited by adecoy95 -- 9/27/2012 10:07:44 AM >