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Quick City Building; With Little to No Gold:
I have tested this method and so has a couple of friends. Forget what you learned about building cities and adapt to the problem of being on a rock. Lack of resources.
Choose Andromeda as starting Hero...
So your first goal is Academy level 7 and Ceramics, plus a little warehouse space.
Then ramp up all resources production to level 15-20 all 3 types.
I do two levels of each resource building type at a time and then one level of the warehouse for the room due to the increased speed of resources production. After Academy 7.
Get a couple of market levels at least 6 so you can trade spare resources for what you need.
Then focus on Senate to level 14+
During the build-up of the Senate, be sure to get Academy to 13 and Harbor to 10 in between Senate levels. So you may have a Colony Ship to Found.
It only takes an hour, up to two hours for each building level on resources.
Slow at first, but bypasses wasting time on Senate in favor of fast resource production first before fast building.
Resources first solve the problem of lacking.
Then you can go for speed building once you got a ton of resources coming in. You can even toss in Christopoulos for a boost, plus research architecture and crane for resource reduction to building upgrades and faster upgrades time.
This is the quickest way to build on a rock and helps with the slow resources problem, right from the start.