[0.7][Influence cheesing by the AI] Somebody want to explain how this works?

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015

I'm playing as the terrans, and there's this bizarre spur of Altarian influence that shoots right at my planet without any starbase that's obviously responsible for it. The planet itself has a consulate, and the starbase two tiles from it has two influence upgrades. What could conceivably be on the Altarian planet that has such OP influence at such distance? And why didn't they take over the intervening tiles first?