I grew tired of conquering galaxies with the economic might of the humans or the pleasure palaces of the securans. The answer of course was the boskrans (sp?).
The war machine churned. Two amazing cruisers found orbiting nearby stars formed the sharp arrow of the fleet.
Pirates were annoying, and struck our gas refineries, we fought at first, then sued for peace. And then the economy stopped. Nothing happened. Replacement refineries sat around with constructors buzzing for years. 72 ships waiting in queue. Suddenly, years later after falling behind in the arms race, pop! Ships started going, but those refineries just weren't finishing.
Was this a weird bug, or what? I could understand economic factors freezing ship production, like if you run out of steel of all things, but not constructors simply not doing anything. I started over.