Recently I took a look at Star Citizen, and as I saw the space map with all the systems and the spherical music it instantly reminded me of a game I played as a teenager years ago. It was a strategic game where you start at the outer skirts of the milky way in our system Sol, and have to explore and colonize other systems, get in contact with other species etc.
It was turn-based and the main view was a three-dimensional look at the milky way with the spherical "space-like" music. The time as this game was new and I had played it must be somewhere around 1998–2004.
This is all the information I can recall, but I want to know what game it was, guess it was not that well-known because I have a hard time to find it out myself.
It was not Master of Orion, not ST: Birth of the Federation, and not Homeworld (which is an RTS, so does not fit the description anyway).
So has anybody an idea what game it is that I played and enjoyed back then?