I presume you were Klingon at the time?
Icon selection requires the use of the side before you select your icon, a necessary stricture for the AI to use them automatically. There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the system, if you've managed to bugger it beyond this though, I'll attempt to replicate.
We all know what happened to Gary Mitchell. Tread lightly psychoak.
Treading lightly isn't something the insane bother with, thus the lack of posts recently. Note that it doesn't say anything about being bug free either. X1 is already complicated enough that minor efficiency improvements lead to catastrophic breakdowns in functions no one noticed for months.
yeah.... hell yeah.... I can help out. I just needs to know how far you're willing to take this!
Anything from a lone ship and a completely structured plot line where you go from A to B and hooey happens, to a full blown war, scripted or partially scripted. A Dominion War setting would be preferential, famous ship captains would not unless Patrick Stewart pops into the thread and says he'd love to read your script for the mod.