I am currently on mission 3 of the campaign, but admit to being perplexed as to the win goal in mission 2. In 1, I blew everyone off the map, but then was told that wasn't cool because there were no people left to enslave.
So in mission 2, where it said to not blow the Terrans off the map, I tried a bit harder to use influence to turn them. No go. I fought and took a planet or two, but they still wouldn't surrender to me. So I finally said heck with it and blew them off the map, which appeared to be just the thing to do (since the text at mission end said I was back in the government's good graces).
So my question is this: why did I win the mission even though, in my opinion, destroying the Terrans was not what I was supposed to do? Is the text for the objectives simply misleading?