Having a blast playing this after a long time away. I played a few games with the AI set to gifted, and found that pretty comfortable, so I figured I'd step it up to Genius. Well, holy moly, Immense Galaxy with 9 opponents, I'm just barely keeping my nose above water, and only doing that by being a real kiss-a$$ to my vastly more powerful galactic neighbours. I'm the Iridium, and the Krynn are causing me all sorts of grief, taking planets and destroying starbases, and even though I've bribed other races to go to war against them they show no signs of weakening or slowing down.
I'm just about at turn 300, and my power is about 1500 - (dead last) while the top two, Altarians and Torians, are both 6000+, and the gap between us is growing, not closing. I have the most planets, and influence is OK(second), and my economy is second or third thanks to trade, but my military/research & production are really lagging.
Should I be concerned about the power rankings and numbers, or are they a bit meaningless? I suspect that I don't have enough population on my planets, which are typically 3 farms - but when I build more, approval becomes an issue. Any general tips to improve my situation, or, having gone this far and being stuck in this bad a position am I doomed to defeat?
I'd be OK with being doomed, actually, I enjoy playing rogue-likes and hardcore modes in other games, and I'd grind this out to the last ship and last planet. But, at the same time, I'd prefer to win (if possible!).