So, how do you REALLY turn off Fleet automation?
I Select no automation for my fleets, but they are only marginally under my control.
For instance, in Shadows, I built a Fleet that had the sole Purpose of destroying all the Hidden Pirate Bases and Fortresses, and the occasional Indie Colony. Simple, eh? 4 Capitols, 2 Carriers, 4 Troop Transports, carrying ~360K Troop strength.
The Fleet flies in, lands the troops, I start the attack. Base and Fortresses are at about 150K strength. When the fight ends some long time later, I look to go pick up the troops and move on... except the idiotic Fleet is parked in mid space, all the way across the empire, and low on fuel to boot. Once, forgivable, twice annoying, every single damned assault and it is beyond pardon.
So, why does the game only pretend to allow you to turn off automation of the Fleets?
I am sure those empty Transports were really vital to fight whatever it was they were fighting in the middle of nowhere.