Strategy Guide (SEV)
Well we need a strategy guide so I might as well start it.
The basic tutorial for the game doesn't get you very far in understanding it all. My first game took me a month to play - so here's my first tip:
Tip: By default the menu\options menu sets the "System Icon Movement Speed" to Medium. This is the speed your ships move (yea the name didn't clue me in either). It takes FOREVER to play a turn if you have it set this way so change it to High or Very High to make your games run faster.