I read that AI controlled fleets but will never outperform a Human. In one sense this can a major headache for players who want to do everything. They know that they must overclick everywhere inorder to get the best out of thier empire or else they have this feeling that they could have done better and its only game limitiations that have limited them.
But then I read a reference that if you are the ruler like emperor palpatine , then obviously you wont be controlling all the battles.
In a way I think the solution to having Ai controlled fleets is to add some lore. Whenever a fleet is controlled by an AI , you must trick the player into believing that the fleet is being controlled by a Sub-commander that you have assigned. SO the player will think fair enough im assigning to a sub commander , he is obviously less skilled so I dont mind if that other fleet does not perform as well.
So when you are controlling your main fleet , and you have a secondary fleet getting its arse whooped id prefer to see.
Liutenant Rogers reports that his secondary fleet has just got whooped . Hes really sorry and hopes you will not court martial him.
Your secondary fleet got destroyed. ( yea the AI is incompetant , next time control that fleet too and mass click ).
In essense if you want to use the Emporer Palpatine argument , then you must make the player FEEL like emporer palpatine.
Anyway hope its a good suggestionEmporer palp link