Your dedication is unbelievable. Modding a game this old... I'm not too surprised though, to me SOTS Prime is still the best space strategy I played. What I played is a big factor now, there are A LOT of games I missed. Last I tried was Endless Space 2 and it was ok. It has a lot of good moments - especially battles - but the overall picture was "nothing really breathtaking".
You mod sounds very interesting! Kinda like "The Mandate" promised to be as far as factions go. When do you think you'll have something playable?
12.193 and counting. (12.200 when I finished the post)
I joined a FleetComm private group (PG) to avoid gankers (people only trying to harm other players, preferably unarmed ones) but I hear they are trying to infiltrate the group... PGs restrict all non-members to be thrown into the same instance as members and if gankers somehow infiltrate the group, there will be carnage. Exploration ships are literally destroyed in seconds.
FD actually discussed the possibility to recreate the destroyed exploration ships with all data and resurrect the player at the location he was in, despite the previous hard stance on Elite being a game where destruction is destruction. They realize that people can not prevent meeting gankers and can not escape. So far the statement was that they will review each case and decide whether it was a situation a player could have avoided or not. Basic prerequisites are that you are in a PvE private group and are not wanted by the authorities.