I ended up deleting everything and reinstalling. (So I never really got to the true cause of the problem.)
It works now. Playing SOA2 of course.
I'm not really a brute force delete and reinstall kind of guy. I prefer a mindful solution.
But thank you for the help. I was so tired yesterday and just wanted to have a little fun before heading to bed. As it turned out I ended up playing till 5 am this morning. I would have been better off if it hadn't worked.
Heading up Starfleet and protecting us all from the Borg is a terrible burden to bare.
backs out of the room slowly...