I noticed that combat between ships is possible without descending to a state of war. There seems to be some neutral space in which combat is semi-permitted, as this screenshot also demonstrates:

"you engaged in combat with their fleets on neutral space"

What is this neutral space? Is it systems with no colonies?

  • Probably any system that isn't owned by you, them, your allies or their allies. That would include unowned systems and systems owned by third parties.
    – user86571
    Commented Mar 28, 2016 at 0:26

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Unsettled systems are considered neutral.

Performing combat in one of these areas (such as killing a scout ship) is not as deter-mental as an attack on their system. It also doesn't automatically trigger a declaration of war.

Any system without a planet (such as a wormhole) will always be considered neutral.

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