Good year. I believe the Keskudon word for peace is "insufficient war" but it does help regroup.
The private sector is quite wealthy with 300k cash flow, but it looks like taxes are already high. You appear to be already using enslave as well to boost revenue, but increasing loyal population would be ideal.
What is the population policy strategy right now? Enslave and Exterminate are natural to Keskudons. EDIT: Delete suggestion and math for Exterminate to boost pop on Kesukaa and core worlds since I'm advised the Pop +10% is a multiplier, not additive, so not worth it diplomatically in a central position until stronger.
Raethal and Tairoshans are already really angry. They will make war again - better not to let them set the schedule.
There is a "soft underbelly" argument for having the priority being to knock out the nearby and colony-less Tairoshans or at least strip their resource stars to weaken their economy.
Being reckless as they are, one idea is to try to get the reckless Tairoshans to attack head on once again into Keskuda's apparently weak capital defenses, then jump them with fleets held back out of scan range and follow up a win with a strike on the infrastructure in or near Bispen to draw out their navy. Crush the remainder, then split up the force for simultaneous strikes to capture or take out their stations with a view to claiming at least the westerly ones. Dandalas and Brivust put their scanners too close for comfort with scanners anyway. Knocking out their Super Nova research station would even the score for the one they destroyed, but if the AI maintains it as excess capacity then maybe better to let them keep the resource drain. Even without subjugation, their capabilities would be greatly clipped.
Just a suggestion on the war plans for the inevitable Next Tairoshan War.
The Raethal Group are Aggressive/Cautious, wealthier, stronger, farther away and have more predatory other neighbors than the Tairoshans. Scanner posts and a few scanner ships out in the void would reveal blue fleets inbound to the core worlds in time to react with forces engaged in "Tairoshia."
The risk of a Raethal-first war plan is that it would be a longer struggle and another opportunistic power might jump in against them for the spoils. Right now, the XHumans can keep them busy but unlikely to beat them.
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Tactically, are you giving capture orders, or are your captures the result of AI for ships with assault pods picking a target and choosing to capture?
< Message edited by Keston -- 7/20/2014 11:53:01 AM >