Starting off, I'm new to this game and have loved almost every detail of it, except one problem I've come across a couple of times now. At the beginning of the game one of the first civilizations I meet will have an insurmountable head start. This has happened with the several of the normal factions and one of the customized one. The faction will start with a lot planets, and huge fleets in the first few turns. All of the other AI act normally. Is there a way to fix this? (The AI are all set to normal, with a few being set to easy) There is no way to fight against whatever faction starts like this because they can get over a thousand ships before we reach the Age of War.
Side note: I convinced the Yor (fourth most powerful faction in that game) to go to war with the Galactic Colonials(The extremely overpowered faction) two turns later I got a message from them saying that if I didn't assist them in the war, they would be wiped out. The Colonials had almost entirely removed them from the game in 2 turns of war.