I just began playing the game and I was thinking it would be awesome if you could also play as a colony at the same time others are playing as companies in multiplayer. You would have to manage schedules for shipments, ration resources, obtain grants through research and milestones, maybe even government defense contracts. Since the colony does not produce resources you would have to use them efficiently and buy from the companies. Your endreavors in defense contracts could result in higher demand for steel and electronics, or if you mis-schedule shipments or mismanage resource and cashflow you might have to increase what you buy leading to more interesting changes in prices for people playing as companies. Just a thought, any ideas to expand on this would be awesome.