Skirmish mode for some is just a training …and this is not right , people learn and stay there weeks months and new players need to know it is not just a introduction to the game it is a persisting world.
You guys should rename Skirmish in easy mode or even normal ( and rename normal and veteran)
normal expansion ( because we are somehow near each other ) in skirmish
and huge expansion like people who want to develop his army like 2-3 weeks and then go fighting to join first server but others that want to go for 2 mmonths to go for the Huge expansion
PS: people just get 7 planets and then go to normal and there they play 2 months to see one come and destroy them and quit …Be smart make skirmish a real world where players cna stay and play forever …not just a training ground