Actually this game has some depth and progression of gameplay compared to the average 4x. You first gain power for your faction on earth trough geopolitics, then you colonize space to get some resources, then you take the fight to the aliens. Meanwhile you race against others factions, everyone is pillaging the economies of the world for their agenda, the alien threat is growing exponentially and basically everything is going to shit because stuff like climate change and nuclear winters are in the game.
The issue is that the part where you send councilors to do stuff every two weeks is
repetitive. The game is rough but it's still in early access and it has the potential to be really great.