This takes place in the optimistic future. While a war general is strategizing his plans of attack, he rejects using outdated war games of the past, and instead tasks a few members of his team to operate on one of the few universe simulators that the government has.
While the scientists of the team know how to form the civilization, it requires that a few civilizations in the universe speak the same language, follow these social conventions, etc. etc.
How would they direct these civilizations to form the team's desired cultures?
Just a few Notes:
- Creating highly-processed or detailed objects is very time-expensive, especially at a mass quantity.
- The techs find it easier and faster for them to set up a small state that turns into a larger "goal state", than starting with the goal state by itself.