now, if someone was able to steal it while its still a project, that would change the whole situation.
This happened to me in the second game I played. I was playing the Feds and my brother was the Roms. He drew an exploration card that had had him pick a player and we look at the top research card of each others deck. The players then got the choice to keep the project or discard. I got the Roms Advanced cloaking as the Feds and completed the research .
He tried to remind me that due to the Kitimer accords the feds were not allowed to have cloaking tech, but I told him that we had not signed the accords (no trade agreement hee hee).