I hate to do this, but I am going to surrender. This scenario is just too much for me to handle as a beginner. I was hoping for something a bit smaller for my first one. You are playing really well and I am hopelessly outclassed here. Congratulations.
I think I will concentrate on playing the PO for some of the smaller scenarios until I get a better feel for this game. I'm not giving up playing or trying to learn how to play better.
I hope you had a great vacation. Again, sorry to give up so soon into the scenario, but the outcome is clear.