I recently picked up an old copy of Ascendancy for DOS (Installed DOSBox to play it). However, As I got farther into the game, I realized I was falling WAY behind in the amount of ships I had, as compared to the AIs. So I go to a planet with open population, but I can't build a ship (and I already have some ships built, so this question doesn't help). I try to build ships on other available planets (free population, a shipyard, and an open space in orbit around the planet), but none of those work either. Am I missing a prerequisite for shipbuilding? I have the most number of colonies, so I know it's not that, but I'm wondering (and something in the back of my head says this is true) if I need to have control of more systems or some other requirement. Any help is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
From the Ship Building:
Check count of systems you have colonized.