So was playing one of my first games with the newer patch, where everything costs unity now which doesn't seem to actually change much, I'm not sure why they did that. I was at war with an empire I had already fought with before, taking over 95% of his systems. He had like 5 big empires as allies which were far away. I took over literally everything he had. All three systems and one planet. I was at -50 for status quo. Oh ok, so this war isn't going to work, his allies are going to bumrush me. So I quit the war. Naturally he got 60% of my systems. Because that's how war works. I think this game has fundamentally broken game design and the developers are just pushing sliders around and re-assigning resources and adding more menus.