GTVA proven Survivors? Unlikely... the first time they got lucky, and I don't think the Shivans really were after them the second time. As someone said above, those 80 Sathani would have had much more military effect if they were used in direct battle instead of exploding Capella - so there HAS to be some other reason for them to do that; and I believe that that's what they really were after in FS2.
Whatever they tried in FS1 didn't really seem to bother their FS2-fleet... which I can see several reasons for:
1) Whatever is connected to Capella is far more important/pressing then the GTVA.
2) Those two fleets were seperate sub-nodes of the collective, and didn't take interest in each others business.
3) Whatever the Lucifer fleet wanted, it got abandoned.
4) Whatever the Lucifer fleet wanted, it actually got accomplished
Point 4 is the point I actually favour - FS1 seems to hint at Shivans disliking interspecies wars; and no matter if they didn't care or if it even was their intentional goal
to provoke the formation of the GTVA, the T-V war does
have ended by the time of FS2... so they don't need to take the same course of action again.
But WHAT they'll do in the future depends on many things - how the GTVA evolves, what happens with whatever-is-tied-to-the-Capellan-supernova, ...
And I'd believe the Shivans are being spread over a considerable part of the milky way, so in context of point 1) it would quite make sense that a) the two fleets have completely different priorities/tasks and/or b) the second fleet just thought "well, keep those annoying insects at bay for the time being, let's get that Capella matter done, and after we're finished with that, we still can come back to completely wipe them out."
About comparing story-quality... of course FS2 has better features and such, but story-wise I still greatly prefer FS1 - I really felt
the GTA/PVN being encircled and pushed back at all fronts. There was something going on in a universe... while in FS2 everything seems to happen in the galactic equivalent of a village or so (except for the Mara-mission) .
And I REALLY don't believe all those retarded-collective theories - they're too comforing, too simple and are propably mostly born out of cold-war propaganda... The Shivans are aliens
, damn it. And they are a lot more advanced then we are - so who knows how their collective might work? PLEASE use a bit more imagination on that...
If you want a not so ant-like sort of "hive", read the Armageddon-series by Peter F. Hamilton and pay attention to the Edenites and the Kiint. Or look at what the internet is/could become
. Communicating and coordinating via thoughts doesn't NEED to kill individual thoughts
Oh, sorry... [/rant]
And there was another idea I recently had concerning the FS story-background, Capella and such: http://www.hard-light.net/forums/index.php/topic,44469.msg908288.html#msg908288
(sorry, too lazy to write it all again. And it's 3 a.m. now here, so... goodnight