Tax rate set to 33%
Super abilities ARE DISABLED
Takes 50 turns to research 3rd level entertainment
The ship builder doesn't do you much good when it takes 50 turns to research the lower miniaturization levels' you can't create ships that are any better than the default crap ships.
The reason its taking 50 turns is because you are not generating enough Research points. There is a whole host of reasons why that happens, and it usually does when you first start getting used to the game. It takes time and practice to get used to balancing off the pro's and con's of each resource you have - Factories, Research Structures, use of Natural Resources, generating a sound economy etc. From the responses you gave you really do need to go back to basics and wrap your head around the different factors involved.
The game is meant to make you think and mull over the best way to achieve ... whatever... Its not a turnkey shoot-em-up with point and click options. If you are really game to learn it, and get rid of the frustrations, I would suggest starting a new thread, and work your way through it step by step, with other forums members posting to help you, and pointing out all the various alternatives.
For that to work, it will need to be with the mindset "guys I'm having issues here, I am getting slaughtered, would appreciate some help". The biggest obstacle to learning this game, is the player themselves - acknowledging they are doing something wrong, and not just blaming the game (and wow is the latter tempting when you first start ... we've all been there
). Of the hundreds of thousands who play this game it is exceding rare to find someone who became a living godlike expert from the Get Go. We all needed to get help from others, and pointers on how to get going when we first started, and it takes time to learn it, weeks sometimes months.... Frankly without the help from this Forum I would never have got going in the first place.
Now when I look back at what I was doing when I first started, its embarassing to think of what I did get up to - boy was I being dumb at the time
, and had lots to learn - even though at the time I never appreciated how much I did have to learn. Post specific things that you have problems with - and at the start, with most of us, thats pretty much everything