Request the AI that takes over to do things, such as attack/defend certain locations on the map
Prior to v1.15, this suggestion would be laughable at best. However, the new AI is pretty decent, and will put up a good fight. Use the AI, and you will be rewarded. Also, setting up a SB with some defenses and 3 PJIs at a choke point should do wonders for you if your fleet is tied up else where.
Oh, and give me karma.