As Rebels, I use
21 to 30 AssaultFrigates with assigned Admiral (important!)
to instantly take down "protected" planets (2 GenCor (+ LNRs + troops)).
I sweeped about 50 "protected" planets with this method.
As Empire, you may use
bombardment rate 4, can be build from the beginning
VICTORY II STAR DESTROYER
bombardment rate 5
bombardment rate 15
bombardment rate 2Spoilers for Rebels/Alliance:
My 2 "claim all" fleets, each with:
60 capital ships, no fighters, (about 3000 Maintenance Points)
assigned admiral, assigned general
30 AssaultFrigates + 10 Gunships + 10 Nebulon + ...
30 Sullustan Regiments (cheapest, only 1 Maintenance Point
and best sabotage detection for conquered planets)
My attack by "claim all" fleet:
1) bombardment military targets:
all gencors, all LNR, all troops are instantly destroyed
2) planetary assault:
enemy leader(s) are captured by my general,
6 Sullustan Regiments are put on that planet, that's is!
about round 0850: Coruscant blockading fleet (about 30 Capital ships),
Alliance holds 7 sectors, Empire holds 3 sectors,
3 enemy leaders captured, Emperor injured Luke becomes Jedi Knight
about round 1900: Coruscant bombarding and invading fleet (150 to 180 ships*)
*no fighters, no AssaultFrigates, assigned Admiral;
destroying 2 GenCor + LNR + KDY + troops
assigned General Luke captures Emperor and Needa,
Alliance holds 10 sectors, Empire holds 2.5 sectors,
22 Alliance leaders, 8 enemy leaders captured,
about round 3500: all neutral and imperial planets of the galaxy invaded,
23 enemy leaders captured or killed,
(Luke Jedi Master),
Vader captured on last planet,
Standard Game Victory
I focused on expansion in Outer Rim Sectors and letting C3PO do "manage production".
Did very few espionage/sabotage missions. Enemy mission foiled: 99% (of estim. 2000).
I found that Maintenance Points are the most valuable and short ressource.
(I played game version 1.00.00, no modifications, Rebels/Alliance,
intermediate, HQ victory and Standard game victory, large galaxy,
Windows vista* HP
* you need to add d3drm.dll, see http://www.swrebellion.com/wiki/Rebellion:Windows_Vista)
at battle I always used "simulate results",
mostly on slow or very slow (there is much to do in the first 2000 rounds
this game is quite a challenge, good luck and endurance