been playing your mod and I am just either not good enough, haven't found exploits or something else is going on.
First, I am playing on Easy, 700 stars large map, I am still seeing too many resurceless planets, but I can live with that.
More importantly my Economy is tanking for some reason, I have a large reserve of cash, but I am in the red in the projection, and I am not sure why this is happening.
I've yet to make contact with other empires, so that might be playing an angle, with the slowed down FTL, the lack of trade is hurting me.
it is not critical, I can generally make it up with the bonus income, thanks Resorts! but then the other shoe drops and one of the pirates stops accepting my payments, they say they are competing over the same planets in the diplo screen as a reason for their anger, and start attacking me.
Regretfully with barely one developed colony, my economy can't support a large fleet and I get pasted or rather my mining stations does which is worse, as I start to withering due to lack of critical resources.
Not sure if the pirate enmity can be lessened or the economy boosted or even if the pirates need a nerf in their designs or what not, but as it stands I play it for a few hours and get my teeth kicked in, in easy, if I'd be playing the higher difficulties, well, I know what to fix, but as it stands...
NOTE: I had discovered a colony ship with a pirate subrace, a bit before the issue. could this be related?
Anyway, wanted to let you know because I like the mod quite a bit, you obviously put a lot of hours into it, and I want to play it. conceptually it is a great mix of ideas