It seems that the Rising Empires GUI is a little tough to get into. We should, of course, has anticipated this but better late than not at all. I've written a short tutorial over the buttons and things a player need to do in the first turn of playing Rising Empires. It can be found on our blog:
Tutorial – Playing the first turn in Rising Empires | Words from the Netherlords
Later this evening we'll upload a new version of Rising Empires to Google Play. This is purely bug fixes to remove some of the most common bugs that has been detected.
I would also like say thank you to all of you who've tested Rising Empires.