See above. I have no idea how to use it for any kind of thing... a little help here?
Once you've bought your starbase/battle station, go to a hex of your choice (that is controled by your race) and deploy it.
The purpose for this is to aid your race and to make closer, convienient stop-overs for repairs, refits etc.
there is a restriction to placing bases with the default game settings: you need to own at least two adjacent hexes in addition to owning the hex that you want to place your base in. e.g. AS A MINIMUM REQUIREMENT you must own three adjoining hexes to place a base in one of the hexes or if there are three hexes in a row you can place the base in the middle hex.
you can change the game settings from none to six adjoining hexes to enable base placement in a hex.