And now, for something a little more positive, how about some discussion of the game factions? I've found that I gravitate heavily towards Altair and Magnar. The resource bonus for being Altair can make for a blistering fast start - Pioneer production constant from T1 and/or instant resource exploitation. Magnar is superb for focusing on early research, which I love to do with the Empire tech tree. I find myself picking those two factions with almost every single sovereign build that I try.
How about y'all? Any factions you prefer? If so, why?
(and yes, I'm all too aware that some faction traits are busted and don't function - but some do work!)