Reject colony, return to mercenary.
I fell for the colony meme on my first playthrough, and honestly I think the game shines more outside of it. The game is about strapping large amounts of weaponry to ships and shooting other ships with it. If anything I would put more focus on having the AI cores intrinsically linked to Tri-Tachyon and the remnants
and flesh out the colonisation and planetary war on the existing factions side of the game first. The player going it alone should be a Herculean task that makes it apparent how tasking it will be to continue down that path very quickly, not as it currently is when it dawns on you far too late to go back.