I bought, played and loved both since the original publishing by MicroProse, so for me it's damning hard to choose between the two..I respectfully disagree with that opinion. Respectfully, because imo it's MoO1 that is still the champion, almost 23 years after its release.
in fact I have to admit that I played much many games at MoO1 respect to MoO2, maybe because of its semplicity and immediate feel.
or simply by the fact that has been pubblished some years before..
it seem from all this DD that Stellaris is on the right way to detronize them
ps: before to see your post I was playing a game at MoO1..