Special Fleet Projects are all fluff and aesthetics. They're not required. They're just fun things some people might enjoy having in their base; in much the same way plants were 2 weeks ago. This type of project is for the gamers who like to buy all the Uniforms, or Tribbles, Pets, or whatnot in the game just for the fun of it. If that's not you, no big deal. The game wasn't made just for you. Other people have wants and needs too.
Dude, go back to bed. I am one of those gamers that buys the "just for fun stuff". As for the game not being made "just for me", I paid $300.00 upfront, 2 years ago, shortly after release. Did you?
My point is, people shouldn't have to spend ridiculous amounts of fleet resources, on "fluff" items like plants, windows, and tribbles. These should all be latinum items. And cheap ones, at that.
Or you like small fleets where you are friends and not lost in the numbers...
Since you posted the above, I've earned 16k Dil, and contributed 22k to our fleet's effort. A tiny little fleet can bust this out in a week easy. If you do nothing except Explore Strange New Worlds and the Path to 2409, that's almost 2k Dil from two dailies. If 10 people do that for 10 days, you're done. If two or three of them along the way put a little effort into it, you're done in a weekend.
This has to be the Biggest joke that PWE has done to Date.. Tribbles are the last thing people want to spend 200k Dilithium ($10) on. I believe players would rather see a conference Table, or room than Tribbles. The only positive side to this update may be the Targs for the KDF. In my opinion, please give players something worthwhile.