gaerzi wrote:You could put a Galactic News Network overlay to report on the Whatever/Those Guys' war.
Speaking of battles, something I'd like to see in this kind of game would be mock battles, I mean, military exercises. You've got an ally, you have an allied fleet in the same system as your own fleet, you get an option to stage an exercise and then battle happens as normal, you can fight against your ally's fleet. Except at the end of the battle, everything is back to how it was, no ship was actually destroyed or captured or forced to retreat, and there was no breach of treaty or declaration of war.
It'd just be something to allow pacifist players to have some non-consequential tactical fun.
But what if you want to practice against non-ally? To generalize this idea, the full-fledged combat simulator would be useful. Maybe a bit much for relatively simple SiS, but in Space Empires V you could form any two orders of battle out of designs already known to you, yours and aliens alike, including planetary defenses, and run mock battle.