So, why not just have the game set all the other empires the same color from the start? I had one empire build a federation out of, like, 80% of the map, which is HIGHLY unlikely from a narrative standpoint, but anyway, okay, cool, they’re SUPER federation builders… and then intel says they’re gonna wardec me in a couple of years, right?
Okay, I expected that. Right before the war starts, the empire that made up most of the rest of the map just asked them to be a vassal. No war. They weren’t even near each other. Huge empire just gave itself over to the blob. War starts, I’m against everyone. Stretches the suspension of disbelief juuuuust a smidgen 🙂 With the resource bonuses they get on higher difficulties dealing with that becomes a bit mathematically absurd, and it’s not really worth three hours of building prep just for a game to predictably end that way. Federations are waaaaay OP. Empires that can’t diplomacy need something additional in terms of balance, imo. Anyways, good that the game ended somehow. Expansion’s out this week, I think ^^