So, thinking I was beginning to get the hang of this game, I have gone from 40-system 1-Average-AI to 150-system with 1-Hardest-Allied-AI versus 2-Hardest-Opponent-Allied-AIs.
Apart from the fact that I am way out of my depth and being slaughtered by much bigger AI fleets, I see that both my AI opponents are offering me treaties whereby they give me loads of stuff in exchange for nothing. Talk about humiliating! I presume the AI opponents are getting bored and have decided they want a bit more opposition out of me!?