Houston, we have a problem. Fluffy has spawned two stars away from the human home world of Sol (actually Sol 3, Sol is a barren rock next to Sol, a star. This of course is confusing enough given the fact that humanity in its apparently infinite ability to create words decided to name the Star and every planet in their home system Sol. Hence Sol is orbited by Sols 1-7. I need to protect Sol the 3d, which is for simplicity sake is known simply as Sol 3.). Now my initial plan was to just ignore them until I developed a recreational requirement for cotton balls. I was thinking something along the lines of the Galactic Nail and Hair Salon. “Observe the awesome destructive nature of a black hole and the futile efforts of light trying to escape the event horizon while you enjoy a pedicure!” However, it appears these little fluff balls want to wipe humanity from the galaxy.
So if I understand this correctly. I need to send some of my finest to, uh, gloriously defend humanity, which is really just a delaying tactic. Note to self: Make a medal to honor the glorious defense of humanity against fluff balls for the navy. As I delay, I need to design and build a HUGE fleet of shieldless, Ion cannon laden warships? Once my armada of Ion cannon warships is complete send them off to a glorious battle with Fluffy and pray they wipe it out? Does this sound about right?
/sigh/ Humanity might be screwed. /sigh/
If it gets to that point, pretty much. One thing I like to do as soon as I see silvermist is released is to sell my Ion tech to other empires. Even though its giving them some tech, it helps their chances against the Silvermist. First step to not getting killed by them is making sure others have the equipment to go do the dying.
In your case, though, this looks like a case of pure sadorandomization. If you are still far from the Ion techs and don't have much of an empire yet, AND you don't think your neighbors can help.. bad times.