If you think it wise, brother Aurelius, then feel free to do so during your cycle. Our Explorer encountered no less than 5 hostile ships, which have chase until we were clear of their systems. They did not pursue, and we did not press the matter.
I will attempt to finish my year (I will take an extra 4 turns to cover Cory Trese's missing 4 (I'm OCD like that), and turn the year over into year 3. We are well poised to secure another round of systems and solidify our holdings.
Then I just need to figure out how to upload the file and share it.