In Solar Realms Elite (SRE), you rule a solar empire. The goal is to become and remain the most powerful empire. You can gain strength by buying forces, and you can gain size by colonizing planets. You start with 6 planets, and a little bit of money. You are required to feed your people and army, and to pay to maintain your planets and army. If you fail to do these things, disastrous results may occur. You are given 20 years (``turns'') of protection, during which you cannot attack or be attacked. You cannot perform covert operations (except Spy). This provides a way for smaller empires to build up their defenses and planets before they enter the ``real world''.