I have come to the conclusion that with the fleet automation currently being broken, the game is basically unplayable without insane degrees of micromanagement. Yes, one can spam huge numbers of ships and arm all stations to the teeth and hope for the best, but that would require playing on easy or something in order to afford the maintenance. The way I am forced to play now is to micromanage to an absurd degree, not just fleet movement, but precise colony and base placement so that everything is in secured positions with a system stationed fleet. That quantity of detail management is frankly, not fun.
I am subscribed to this thread. If this ever gets fixed, hopefully someone can mention it on this thread, so I can come back to the game. Until then, in my opinion, this is a game breaking bug and I am done with DW till it is fixed.