Thank you all for the feedback so far.
From the slowing down gameplay and the problems that have surfaced, it seems to me that a proper test requires at least basic mechanics in play. At minimum, keeping track of stories and the prime economy should be working before anything can really be accomplished. It also needs to be more clear how to discover prime sources and which goals to pursue. All of these are guiding elements in what is essentially an ultimate sandbox.
I will see if I can somehow come up with a basic client without too much time invested.