I can't seem to find any way to come back from a negative income in this situation. It's ruined a couple of games for me that I've spent tons of time on. Is there any way to get out of the negative income spiral?
To prevent bad politics from happening, try distributing planets and ships among the factions relatively evenly. If one faction has a big advantage over another, it might want to crush one of its rivals. Also, there are treaties that you can get from tech tree research that can end specific bad conflicts.
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gob, Politics is a bit tricky until you get the hang of it. The guide can help.
It can be tempting to based you economy primarily on Trade Points from Exchanges and other sources, building few mines. This is a mistake; income from mines is not affected by negative politics, so they provide a protection against income going highly negative.
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