On the fighter simulation--how about trying FS1-era fighters?
I can try the Ulysses, Herc 1 and Loki, but the point of my tests were to show the GTVA's
slight superiority in fighter quality vs. their Shivan equivalents. That was why I used FS2-era craft, when the GTVA has had sufficient time to design fighters to properly combat Shivan threats. In FS1 the GTA and PVN weren't prepared for the Shivans, thus many of the Shivan craft at the time were superior (shields also part of the equation).