The lights are on
There was a turn based strategy game, long ago, in which you had to collect resources from the tiled board, politically communicate with the alien races (one of which I couldve swore was the chi' chit who reproduced rapidly), you could buy and sell resources on the black market (which ticked off your people in your colony), and researched technology (such as synthetic fertilizer, Hydroponics, etc.) utilizing the placement of people on the university structure.
Im BEGGING the GI community, if anyone knows what this game was please help me out and fill me in!!