From: My Own Private Hell
Yeah, I want the option to have 100+ Factions on a single map. I want the Inner Core of the Galaxy to look like the Post-Westphalian Holy Roman Empire.
And that isn't possible right now because you cannot start a game with more Factions than you have available Races. I've tried checking that "Independent Species can become full Empires" box but I've never seen that actually happen.
I wouldn't mind so much if the small Independents could at least take control of their home system, even if they couldn't leave it. But they never even seem to do that.
Doesn't happen much anymore since the Insectoids got toned down a bit on the population growth values and the other races were scaled to suit, you can see it for yourself if you mod a couple of races with a very population growth, add them to a custom theme as the only races of that that theme, this will speed up the process so you can see the effect, once an independent hits a certain population amount, they become an empire, unfortunately that is it really, I have had many a game where I have defended, allied, given them ships and every help I could, they just do not seem to grow, they just appear with their own color and flag and a little color circle of influence.