The first thing we need to do when generating a sector is to determine the Threat Level. This will help determine how many threats and artifacts are present in the sector.
If you feel like being nice to your players, try something low (1-4).
If you think they are up for a challenge, crank it up a few ticks (5-8).
If you're an absolute monster and want to see your players perish, go even higher (9+).