Why do you have to purchase machine advancements? It is alredy difficult enough as a starting out player to understand the mechanics of this server but having to buy technologies to make the machine with the recources required. I just think that the credit amount is a bit much, and I still havent figured out how to make money. Is there a way other than voting? Anyway those are just my thoughts.
You can make money by trading missions as far as i know
Join settlements/nations, they can help explain the mechanics in further detail along with assist you in earning credits.
You can make money from trade missions, plus more ways are being added. If you can’t figure it out on your own, you should join an established settlement.