From: Boulder, CO
(Automation is off on everything except ship design, but I frequently manually manage that as well and increasingly more so).
On 1/15/2176 the Hegemony consists of 20 colonies in 18 systems with a Respectable reputation, population of 40728M (4th of 20), tax revenue of 187k, annual GDP of 719k. Cash on hand is 778k, cashflow: -23k. (A decade ago it was -195k, primarily due to obscene over-building of ground forces to combat the pirate bases). The private economy and bonus income are healthy. Resource situation is good, nothing is critical. All colonies are happy. On the diplomatic front, no empire is obviously really pissed at us.
On 1/15/2176 Federation Colonies lift trade sanctions against the Hegemony; diplomatically, the Feds read as 'Angry- 0k'. On 1/29/76 message reads "Federation Colonies have invaded and taken over Alamedus Minor 3". Alamedus Minor 3 is 1.5 sectors from the nearest Fed colony and @ .5 sector from the nearest Hegemony colony. No intel on what Fed forces are like in the Alamedus Minor 3 system yet, although indications are from the comparison screen that Fed military strength is about double that of the Hegemony. I think it all depends on what they have in the system right now.
Dispatched an Intelligence agent to attempt to steal Fed ops map.
The nearest Hegemony colony to Alamedus Minor 3 is Chalna Junction half a sector away. Dispatched one of my two major fleets (3xCapital, 3xCarrier, 4xCruiser, 4xDestroyer, 4xFrigate, 5xEscort, 100 fighters- 3238 firepower) to Chalna Junction.
Began construction of another fleet (23 ships) and 5 troop transports, also to be sent to Chalna Junction preparatory to an attack.