I just played a couple more hours of my game. Get this, I was not able to build a mine on the planet but the game allowed me to build a Starbase there !!
Unbelievable, I checked my cargo holds as Florestan showed above, and there was no cargo at all. Now the construction ship could not build a mine on the planet, but it was able to build a starbase after flying off to get resources. Sometime later, I checked the planet and some jerk AI had built a mine on my planet (again) and had the gall to ask me if they wanted to trade Loros Fruit (even though I had a starbase there, they were able to build a mine right under me). I immediately flattened it with the fleet I had posted there. At this point the game allowed me to build a mine, even though I had to fly off and get resources from somehwere else.
I'm completely lost on this. Why would the game allow my construction ship to build a starbase but not a mine when the starbase takes so much more resources?
And, after finally building the mine, my finances went from +44k to +174k, unbelievable!!
I love the rare resources in this game and the concept of searching for them, but I do think they are a bit overated in value. You can double your fleet size just by obtaining the money from one rare resource planet. I went from +11k to +174k with just two rare resources.
Not tho' the soldier knew
Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die: