That is a shame. You weren't able to send the info to mothership then?
The housing issue is down to sphere of influence and access for your workers to get places. I found leaving enough tunnels and plenty of housing of all types dotted around so no-one is over extended does the trick. All comes down to enough power generated to be able to do so and enough nanites to build everything to keep them happy and employed, else the VR center seems to keep them happy.
On second thoughts I think I may have been mistaken saying 'Imperium Romanum', i should have said 'Dune battle for arrakis' where it definitely had the Atreides Palace sending out uncontrollable fremen for the player. The Ordos had a useless saboteur and the Harkonnen had an inaccurate ballistic missile called the Death Hand. In priciple the fremen and saboteur were uncontrollable when you activated them whereas the Death Hand was directed by the player, but was as accurate as trying to hit a barn door from 10 miles away with a air rifle, bloody useless.
The video is old in comparison to the latest versions, but is still pretty good and informative none the less.