Pretty much nobody but Arcen does this. That's why Arcen is so unique and incredible =)
That's why I mentioned it. It's easy to get spoiled by Arcen and have unrealistic expectations.
And as for StarDrive, I've just officially given up on my current game. I had seen a few complaints about game performance getting bad on larger maps, after around date 1300 or so, but performance had been good for me (on smaller maps), and I have a fairly beastly PC so I thought I'd be OK. But I just hit a wall late in my current game that made the game unplayable: it alternates locking up for ~8 seconds, then running for less than a second before locking up again. Looking at the in-game date? 1315.
It took me 5 minutes of attempts before I could get the save menu to open so I could save out and quit. Even in the largest most epic AI War games I've played, with 8K-10K ships performed much better than that, and never froze up the GUI. I'm going to stay away from the game now until it gets some hefty patching done.