Returning player here. So I know pirates in this game can be strong, and a lot of people will say "just turn them off". But in the past I always played with them on and they were a nice challenge.
This time however, the amount of ships and the frequency of the raids is just ridiculous.
I'm 42 minutes in the game, with my capital and three low development planets. I had a fleet, but it is gone now, except for my 2 capital ships. There is currently a pirate raid of 11 rogues, 19 cutthroats, and 5 reapers on one of my planets. This is already the third wave that is directed at me, even though I tried putting bounty on a rival.
I only have a credit income of 13/second and it is not enough to build new ships, develop planets, and buy off pirates (the AI keeps throwing stupid amounts of bounty on me).
Is there really no way to scale the difficulty of pirates down? Maybe a mod?