First things first, there's some administrative tasks to take care of. By default, it seems that our authoritarian ethics placed humanity into a caste system where some pops were working as slaves. That just won't do. Full citizenship rights are granted for the citizens of MLPOL.
Our ruler, Princess Aryanne Hoofler, is supporting the nation with her two ruler traits. "Fertility preacher" which increases food production by 10%, and "Architectural sense" which reduces building costs by 10%. Her agenda, "Secure the borders" provides bonuses to oribtal defense platforms, which regrettably I don't find to be that beneficial of a buff. Her heir, Prince Vladimir Hoofler has been designated as the heir apparent but does not provide any benefit to our nation at this time.
From the galaxy view, we can see that our star nation is located within the southwest corner of our galaxy. It is nestled in the middle of three arms branching out from the core. We are also fairly close to a few hyperlands that bridge the gaps between the arms.
Planetside we can see that we have a bit of a problem. Our population currently doesn't have any surplus food production. If our population grows at all from its current state, then we will be operating in a deficit and will be forced to dip into our meager reserves. To remedy this problem, I have earmarked half of our starting minerals to replace the extra crew quarters of our starbase with a hyrdoponics lab. Of the remaining 100 starting resources, I spend the remaining 90 ordering our construction ship to build a mining station over one of the smaller planets within our home system.
Things look quite a bit better on the research front. Our physics department has been tasked with developing more efficient power plants to power our industry. Our society department is working on planetary unification, which will increase our monthly unity rate by +2 in addition to unlocking some additional edicts. In time, that unity will be used to unlock some potent buffs known as "traditions." Finally, our engineering department is working on developing powered exoskeletons. This will increase our mineral output by 5%. Powered exoskeletons are especially important since they are a stepping stone to the robotic workers that will be a great boon to our economy.
Finally, as the last order of business, our science ship is sent north to start searching for the best route of expansion. To support that effort, 80 of our starting influence was spent to trigger the "map the stars" edict. This edict increases the rate that our science ship can survey star systems and increases the rate that it identifies anomalies. Anomalies are local research opportunities that provide a variety of potential boons like research point rewards, the creation of permanent resource nodes within the system, and the salvaging of alien technologies or even derelict warships. The edict will remain in effect for 11 years.