Ok got it working at last lol, the battles look fantastic!
Good to hear you got it working.
shame i just got my butt kicked!
Slow the speeds town or play an easier opponent. Maybe even give yourself an ally and lock the teams so you don't have to di missions all of the time to keep them happy.
even my own colonies left me lol!
Put up a culture center. That should at least prolong the damage and give you time to fend off intruding culture. Also park a capital ship or two in the gravity well you are losing via culture, they resist culture which will give yours the chance to come back and improve morale at the planet again. An added benefit of the culture centers is that you get a boost of some kind depending on your faction as well as increased resource income.