Reptoid Caliphate had a good start. Plenty of open space, extremely good choice of planets. Strong research and plentiful oil energy.
Neighboring them to the edge of the galaxy were the LEGS EMPIRE and some dumb humans (Darien). To the bottom of the galaxy were some pacifists and some other backwater civ. Advanced empires were further away.
We found an Infinity Machine nearby. Didn't have time to research it - just as my 5 star scientist got there, a Fallen Empire requested her as tribute. Then the Infinity Machine was destroyed by some idiot (probably the humans).
A little bit later, we discovered remnant shrines of some old gods. The entire population started worshipping them, creating a religious schism of Fanatic Spiritual + Collectivist raptors.
To spread our spiritual enlightenment, we have invited all our neighbors to convert to Dio. Some of our neighbors towards the center of the galaxy agreed. These was this friendly spiritual empire with the same symbols and some four-handed humans under a Kosonome Empire. Reptoid Caliphate happily agreed to protect these enlightened people.
The LEGS EMPIRE and the two handed humans almost took offense at our requests to convert, talking about independence or something.
Darien freaked out when he saw some Reptoid corvettes near his border. He destroyed a frontier outpost and treatied every AI civilization nearby. In his haste, he chose some pretty bad allies. LEGS was a little smarter. He got a protector and then upgraded it to defensive pact with an actual technologically advanced empire.
One of our allies attacked one of those terrible empires that Darien was allied to and triggered a large scale war.
Sand Raptors (Rin) + Fancy Spiritual Empire (AI) vs Two handed humans (Darien) + Dumb primitive empire (AI)
Who will triumph? Stay tuned for the next episode!