Protect is a FLAG that's used in the STAR block section of quests. When a star is marked with protect, it (and the planet orbiting it) are protected from all dangers.

Mainly this means that hostile aliens (such as the Kawangi, Ravians, or others set in motion by the attack command in a FLET line) won't travel to or destroy that planet.

A side effect is that the Aethric mirror is also cut off from the planet, so people can't drag fleets away from it.

If a planet is really important to your mod's plotline, or has a reward so good you don't want the player to side-step the challenges there, just give it the protect flag and you'll have nothing to worry about.

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