Actually the mining stations are out in open space and not in anyone's SOI (system of influence).
Several races have mining stations in the system. See attached galaxy map. I'm red. Yellow with the arrow is the Ancient Guardians. Nice spot for me, huh!?! ;-) North, NE and east are 4 mining station with yellow ellipses where the incidents are occurring.
In terms of automation, I have the attack set to Suggest. Default Engagement Stances is: Patrol=Engage system targets & Escort=Engage near by targets. Those are default. Haven't changed.
I guess I messed up with not declaring DOW well in advance before retaliating against Dhayuts and Gizurean so I'll live with it. Just checking since I'm still new & learning. Thanks Fishers of Men, Bingeling and CyclopsSlayer. Without pirates (setting is low), how else can I build up my rep? I've given money to AG and others but don't think that's going to help. I'd rather not give away my techs.
BTW, teekans (brown in the minimap) are in 1st, Ikkuro 2nd and me 3rd. Unless I step up against the teekans, this might be a mute point with game-over as I'm probably not going to catch up just coasting along.
DW+ROTS+Legends+220.127.116.11 update+GEM 2.3+Sirian mods