Is building a colony the same as annexing it?

Is building a colony the same as annexing it?

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For quests that say "Annex X", can I build a colony on X as well?

Or does it HAVE to be annexed?
 

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those quests are usually about a specifc sector. it doesn't matter if you annex the sector by building a colony on it or building a colony next to it and grabbing the target sector by annexing the sector to the city.

if an AI already colonized the sector, you'll probably have to conquer their colony. or raze their sector and then annex it with one of your own nearby colonies.

EDIT: in many cases the target sector for such quests is a landmark anyway, so you can't colonize the sector directly and have to grab it by expanding nearby colony