I posted this on the last thread, here it is if you get around to it.
Question: How do you plan to model pirates, if you do at all?
Will they be a minor faction?
Will they be a rogue group someone can sponsor against their enemies?
Will they appear through events?
Will they have a chance of appearing on an uncolonized world, or via event, or via an unhappy world?
Will they have an outpost on the main map, that can appear during gameplay or map generation?
Will they appear after a race surrenders on some of their worlds?
Question: Will you support any other formats except BK2 for modded movies, or animated race leaders, as BK2 requires a license we can't get as individuals.