Turning off trade with other empires only prevents you (and AI empires) from trading technology with each other. Standard economy working still applies. So if you have steel, and empire B needs it, you will continue to sell it to them.
what!? Ok to be very clear, I remember reading and finding out that the "trade with other empires" option in the Policy
Screen, turns OFF other empires coming to take your resources away from your starbases.
It's like performing a trade blockade on all empires!
Now, It may also include not trading tech, but I thought it was used to keep your resources from being traded away, because lets say you want to build 200+ ships. So you will need all the resources you have.
I will now test this in game. I'll be back in a few hours!
on another completely different note, I can try building no freighters and only gas/mining ships to mine away at planets, and then my freighters won't go off buying resources! haha solution!!
< Message edited by Blabsawaw22 -- 9/4/2017 8:12:52 PM >