So I began pushing out to make room for my fourth city. Here are some screenshots.
First, I spotted the special forces several systems out.
That's a lot of stuff.
They withdraw before I reach that system though.
When I enter the system (with it's ARS) suddenly my game slows down significantly. I pause and look in task manager to make sure no other processes had popped up and sucked down my CPU. Nope, seems it was AI War. I didn't know why though.
And then I found out.
Oh hi guys. Glad you showed up to the party.
They shoot me up, but my spire fleet ships shoot them up far faster.
Then the Sentinels show up. OWOWOWOWOWOW.
I rush at them to take them out, but after the battles are over I find I have lost over a third of the fleet ships and two of my spire frigates. That was a lot of shooting.
Anyways, looks like I have pretty well smashed the AI at this point. Now to consolidate, eat the Exo and Counterstrike waves, and put down my fourth city.