Let fly the birds of war.
Initial targets: the paradise world of Firma, and the ocean world of Dunatis. Both planets can support large colonise, so I want to invade before the robotic population grows to large. The blue and purple ships you can see on the map: ignore them. They belong to some unimportant alien race that I haven’t met yet.
The orders are made: 20 million citizens from Pollus are recruited into the Alkarian army and sent to claim Dunatis for Pikka’s Empire.
Bugger. I think I have set a new personal best for the speed in which a good plan turns bad. The green Alkaris 1st army has been wiped out and the Meklar have retaliated and captured Phantos: the world that I was using as a staging post to extend my range onto the valuable worlds to the east. And worse, Promixa has rebelled. And I’m now faced with my biggest challenge yet:
Luckily, the advanced copy-protection bomb appears to be a dud, or, I guess correctly. Either way, I’m allowed to keep on playing.
It looks like i have two new short term goals for my war: recapture Proxima and Phantos. I appear to have a slightly larger space navy than the Mekler. I just need a way to whittle down the robotic legions of death that wait for me on the planets surface. A simple solution appears to be: nuke them all from orbit.
Softening up the planet from orbit, before sending tens of millions of troops down to the surface seems to do the trick, and I shortly regain my two planets. Alarmingly I realised that my casualties must be getting close to the 100,000,000 mark, and I haven’t even reached enemy space yet.
This might be a long slog.