Great work Stardock you are so listening to the feedback which is great, the only thing yet to address is.
1. Commander ships with OP attack stats still 5-10 times better than anything a shipyard can build most of the game. AI is not aggressive enough to use there commander ships to get ahead in any way. Who cares if the AI build 50 warships you just kill them with your commander ships over and over all game while there commander ships just let you gang attack them (2. mv below easy as)
2. Movement bonuses still OP and AI doesn't use it enough the game is purely mostly won by how fast you can get to anything all game.
3. Anomalies way OP in all my games im smashing them turn after turn while the AI ignore them in there own Artifacts ignored i just roll around the map collecting them from AI spaces all the time they respawn all game with tech.
In summary 75% of the games earnings come from Commander ships, Movement focus, Anomalies focus. Ive played games where i ignore everything else apart from the top 3 and the AI is slaughtered. Planet management is worthless vs the above.