Pirate bases! Great stuff Thanks for all the effort on the AI and the fixes.
Never really liked the surrender mechanics myself always seemed too absolute and almost cheating I felt. I like the idea that races would fight to the last man, at least some of them, others would of course surrender. Others still would negotiate a protectorate race treaty, or become a vassal civilization, with the potential then to break away at a certain date. If we are mirroring real world examples anyway.
I guess I find it lacking overall, and that's not just galciv that's all 4x games with surrender mechanics in, so I instinctively disable them.