I searched and didn't find a single mention of this fantastic project on CF, let alone this sub-forum, so I really wanted to make sure we all knew about it. http://www.startreksupremacy.com/ It's completely free, so by all means check it out. The design and interfaces are fantastic. The only problems are 1) No workable combat system and 2) No AI. And sadly at the pace it's being developed it will probably be another couple years before we have those. But! I think there are a lot of ideas that could be used for this mod. It's a spiritual update to the game Star Trek: Birth of the Federation, which anyone who hasn't should also check out. It's an old game with terrible AI, but there are still mods being developed for it because the base design captures the feel of Star Trek so well. The best site for BotF is http://www.armadafleetcommand.com/botf/ and you can actually download the game from there (not only are the creators defunct but I at least could never get my physical copy to run on XP, unlike the ISO hosted there). I really think there are a lot of great design elements in both of these that should make it into the future of this mod, particularly the minor races. To me it doesn't feel like Star Trek without lots of races running around and it doesn't feel like the Federation without peacefully 'assimilating' via diplomacy, something I've had very little success trying to emulate by Vassalization.