Ok, here's what I accomplished. I reviewed my areas on the map and kept just 5 planets that were nearest to the starting point. It nailed me but, I had a stock pile of BCs by this point and said what the heck try something. And, it worked to a point. I went from 2 single positives with 4 single negatives to:
++ Our Treaties
++ Our Military Strength < That took some work lot's of small defense ships already had plenty of attack
- Our Ethical Alignment I chose Neutral < Will this prevent a successful outcome????
+ Diplomatic Skill < Difficult to believe I started with I think +30 to +40 in this skill and I've researched and built everything possible here.
- Militaristic < Another one that bites. I'm letting these turds kill off my trade ships. I don't even fire on them when they enter my turf. No change here.
I've spent many game weeks by now and am remaining as "Friendly" and no "Ally" upgrade with Iconians.
I've given this ungrateful Iconian 2 of my morale trade goods cause I don't want to give up the miltary ones as I will drop back down to a single + on Miltary Strength if I do that. Didn't help. I gave him Techs no help. But haven't exhausted them all.
So, is this the end of the road for me?? I can't see any further improvement possible. Am I just missing something?