Actually the info you want is in the Prefs.ini file which is also an ascii file in the same directory as your debug.err file and your save game files.
The lines you're looking for look something like the following and are located towards the end of the file under the [GalaxySetup] section.
In this case I enable Mega Events (0 would be disabled) and I use the fastest Technology Rate (0=slowest, 1=slow,, 2=normal, 3=fast, 4=fastest).
In a similar manner the Prefs.ini file lists all of your galaxy setup selections as well as your configured race, opponents and opponents difficulty levels. The Prefs.ini also contains all the game options that are setup under the options menu as well.