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The Drenging still managed to streak ahead on the power rating, but this time i did not wait for technology, i started building lots of prototype ships from early game.
Never concern yourself with the power rating. It means almost nothing.
The Drengin have been at war with me for a long time but have not attacked? How come? neither do they seem like they want to? I have just one powerful prototype ship fleet on their boarder looking for a fight, but i did not think i needed 'range' to find them, so my ships are stuck at range limit and the drengin wont come and play? What is wrong with them?
How far away are they? If they are very far away, it is going to take them some time to get to you.
Remember, the AI isn't smart: it will do things that human players would never do, like declare war before having a fleet ready, or declaring war over a long distance.
They have some powerful fleets but the speed is only 3, is that why they wont attack?
That has a lot to do with it. With only 3 moves it will take them a long time to get to you.
Their overall power rating is first at 2500 and i am second at about 2100. Their difficulty level is Genius.
"Genius" doesn't make them any smarter, it just gives them massive bonuses: http://galciv3.gamepedia.com/Difficulty_Settings
The power rating has several important effects in the game.... most significantly, where the player reaches number one, you can be sure the challenge is gone in that game! lol The other big one is where it makes the AI cocky to attack and results in a second front opening up that the player is not prepared for! Especially if your ship specialization is poor vs that race!!!!!
The Drengin are somewhat far, however i have forward starbases that are very close to their boarder.... my defensive fleets with no range extension can just reach inside their territory. But needless to say, those forward starbases are packed with ships, possibly that is why they don't attack? Anyway, last night i toppled them from the number one position on the power rating, and i have not even destroyed any of their fleets yet!
I suspect the Drengin are running a defensive strategy? since they have been at war with me they have not gone to war with anyone else.... that is very different to my first play through of the map where i was weak. The Drengin took many worlds from Thalan while at war with me.
So, i think i might have to give the Drengin a peace treaty and let them consume someone else so they can become strong to attack me? Also i can sell a multitude of my obsolete ships to bring down my power rating if i need to.