i'm loving the loyalists right now for 3 reasons
1. The titan's ability to support any planet or fleet with a phase stabilizer in a matter of seconds (drop node, blink to edge of well, go) and eat an entire fleet of frigates makes defending planets so easy
2. The fact that they can function with no planets also means that when you can function without planets but have planets, your resource production is overpowered. I am out resourcing every civilization and have nothing left to spend my money on and i am stuck with 5 planets.
2.5 the mix of 1 and 2 means you can get massive amounts of planets to get even more ridiculous amounts of money
3. the ability to strip planets and your opponent can't do anything about it means an enemy who overpowers you is still helpless.
step 1: fly in titan to clear out fleet defenses
step 2: drop phase stabilizer
step 3: bring in fleet of 40 planet attack ships and a colony capital ship to reduce the planet to nothing and take it (who cares if you can't defend it)
step 4: ??? strip planet
step 5: profit
step 6: laugh as your opponent takes back their Terran planet that was filled with research stations, only to find a dead asteroid