Distant Stars is an ENHANCEMENT mod for Sins of a Solar Empire. It focuses on making improvements to the current game rather then trying to be a complete conversion mod. It does not add any new races but it does add a lot of research items as well as a few new ships. It has several built in mini-mods, a few mini-mods packaged with it, and many more tweaks and enhancements to the main game, including some UI changes, to give a player the best possible experience with Sins of a Solar Empire as possible.
The information provided is for the Diplomacy 1.00 version of the mod due to the fact that it has the most content. The Entrenchment and Vanilla mod versions will have similar values for most things, although, especially in the case of research, some options may be in a different section, or you may see information on content not available.