kettra wrote:Try doing it manually.
After 2-3 turns of bobbing around doing mostly nothing but flying in circles, they suddenly and out of the blue go completely ax-crazy and attack for no explicable reason whatsoever.
Every race does this. There's nothing special here to indicate the Liir are insane for doing so. In fact the Liir are the least likely to attack in such cases, and will maintain a cease fire longer than any other race. But eventually the game decides that it shouldn't make you fight the same boring scout battle over and over so it has the enemy scout suicide attack yours. Someone is bound to get an itchy trigger finger eventually if your races haven't established a cease fire or NAP. So grab some basic xenotech so you can do that.
Doesn't matter if you don't fight back, doesn't matter if you run away, or if you quite rightfully turn the hateful little geek into expanding plasma, no matter WHAT YOU DO, they'll scream Suulka and come baying for your blood, every single time.
If your only interaction with them is to destroy their scouts, then yes. What else are they supposed to do if you remain all enigmatic and give no indication that you are willing to be friendly? Try researching xenotech to be able to talk with them and establish a treaty or two. Giving gifts can also help -- a small regular token offering will often ease small tensions like scout battles while borders are still being established. Again, this applies to every civilized race, so the Liir aren't exactly unique here, except that they are more likely to respond positively to early peace attempts than other races are. The main difference is that you can't put it off until later as you might with other races, but have to make the effort asap; once you get on the Liir's bad side you tend to stay there.
Definitely research xenotech before they decide to go scouting with bioweapon destroyers. Surely you can manage that; after all xenotech is far cheaper than bioweapon tech!
As for the rest of your post... well I dunno about the fish being insane, but yours definitely rang of paranoia.