The console command for the research is good to know.
I haven't used the console yet, I had read in this thread that the trainer options were different than the console commands, in that they didn't affect the AI when it came to instant build etc in the trainer.
I'll start a new game today and use the 'AI off' trainer option while i build and research so i can find an alien empire and see if it too is more powerful than I, considering very little time had passed in the game before i was a superpower, they should have been still very primitive. 🤔
yeah , you aren't doing it right