Quoting LogicSequence, reply 2I too, want to turn it off completely. I don't ever use it.
I find that very hard to believe. Everybody has to use it for 1 thing every once in a while.
It doesn't even take up such a large part of the screen. Just use stacks and compresses into like half the size.
Its not hard to believe, not at all. Some people (like me) are able to orient themselves easier in space (meant as starmap) than in some spreadsheet (empire tree). That is all. Maybe its useful on mega large maps with 100 planets - although in such case i suppose you got to scroll the tree a lot, so not really - but i never played those and probably never will, as it just makes the game more repetitive.
That it is one of the defining features, that is just marketing blabber. It is not for ME, and from those other posts, seeing how other people try to screw with it, collapse it to the smaller size possible, unpin everything etc..., it seems, that i am not alone.
Finally, the battles in Homeworld had more moving objects and were fully 3D, but because the ships did not tend to clump together like there is no tomorrow, they were easier to manage and it was definitely not less fun.