Jay, I should have responded way before this.
Thanks for your reply, and even before I saw it, I realized what was up: AI takes over as soon as you miss a turn deadline, and does crazy stuff. It's not like NP missed turn deadlines, which was why I was confused.
It makes sense, and I like it. Obviously, the alpha AI needs some improvement, but that's already happening. In short I popped off with a bug report without background and way too early.
I really enjoy the richness and fun of this game. Thanks to you and Pea for developing and producing it.