Its not the AI so much I am worried about. Its when playing online. Everything is all too familiar thus making strategy pointless (yes some will moan that the game has none - not interested in that debate here).
When playing against experienced players, everything is a routine of which planets to get first and at the start of a 43 planet game, the rebels just can not defend the planet Yavin and those two either side of it. Maybe on the ground but in space, not a chance.