Steve takes advantage of the special ability provided by The Mentak Coalition - "During the Strategy Phase he may take 1 Trade Good away from his opponent provided they have at least 3." Nicholas has 4 Trade Goods, so Steve takes 1 for himself.
Steve goes first and picks "Imperial".
Nicholas needs Command Counters. He takes Logisitics. The 2 Bonus Tokens are converted to Trade Goods.
Steve takes Political and converts the 2 Bonus Tokens into Trade Goods.
Nicholas takes Warfare.
The Diplomacy, Trade, and Technology Strategy Cards were not taken. They each get a Bonus Token added to them.
- Player 1 (Steve) has Strategy Cards 3 and 8
- Player 2 (Nicholas) has Strategy Cards 4 and 6
- No one selected Strategy Cards 2, 5 and 7
The Strategy Phase is complete. Proceed to the Action Phase. Steve is first.