The starmap is a randomized turn-based collection of missions for the player to attempt. The map is populated with nodes containing both story missions and side missions. Each turn, the player can move their fleets to these nodes to initiate a real-time scenario.
The threat meter, seen in the top right of the starmap, represents the likelihood of an enemy fleet spawning each turn. The meter increases whenever the player ends their turn, and decreases when they complete a story mission or defeating an enemy fleet.