Setup Common Area and Objectives
Shuffle the Action Card deck and the Political Card deck and place them in a common area of the table. Also place the Ground Force and Fighter supplemental tokens in the Common Area. Place the remaining Planet Cards in the common area. It's easier for players later in the game if the Planet Cards are sorted.
Place the Trade Goods counters in the common area. The 7 Strategy Cards need to be placed into the common area. Each Strategy Card should be placed with the "active" side up. In the 2-player game the "Initiative" Strategy Card (SC1) is not used.
Each player should also place one of their race flag tokens on the zero position of the score track. The score track should also be located in the common play area.
Proceed to Create Secret Objectives.