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Video Game: Pandora First Contact
A 4x Strategy game set on an alien planet developed by Proxy Studios, Pandora: First Contact a self proclaimed spiritual successor to Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, with factions paralleling the ones in its predecessor.

  • the militaristic Imperium
  • the theocratic Divine Ascension
  • the technocratic Togra University
  • the capitalist Noxium Corporation
  • the environmentalist Terra Salvum
  • the fascist Solar Dynasty
  • the diplomatic Ambassadors

Despite the parallels between factions in Alpha Centauri and Pandora, the motivations and backstories vary wildly. For example the Lord's Believers(of Alpha Centauri) follow predominantly Christian themes. The Divine Ascension leader, on the other hand, has A God Am I complex, and the religion is described as "the worst parts of Facebook, Scientology, and North Korea"


This game provides examples of:

  • 4X: Much like it's predecessor, gameplay centers around building a civilization, exploring the planet, discovering new technology, and conquering your rivals.
  • A God Am I: The leader of the Divine Ascension found faith in herself as a god, and travelled to Pandora to claim it for herself
  • Belief Makes You Stupid: The Divine Ascension suffers a penalty to scientific research.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: The leader of the Imperium forces says this word for word, when discussing a battle that was regarded as particularly hellish.
    Heid:“Yeah sure, I’m aware that for some of our guys fighting in this hellhole was a living nightmare and traumatizing experience. But for me... it was Tuesday.”
  • Crapsack World: Unlike Alpha Centauri there is no democratic faction to hold them together and most of the factions are immoral and evil.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: The alien life doesn't like you setting up shop on their planet and neither do the other human factions and then there is this little alien civilization invading the planet about 200 turns in.
  • Expy / Captain Ersatz: All the factions in game map to ones in Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri and share almost exactly the same strengths and weaknesses.
    • Imperium = Spartan Federation.
    • Divine Ascension = The Lord's Believers.
    • Togra University = University of Planet.
    • Noxium Corporation = Morgan Industries.
    • Terra Salvum = Gaia's Stepdaughters.
    • Solar Dynasty = The Hive.
    • Ambassadors = UN Peacekeepers
  • Kill It with Fire: Flamethrowers are usually one of the first weapons you can research.
  • Mad Scientist: Togra University has this reputation, as the line went that if you wanted to do something immoral, then you asked Noxium – but if it was immoral and impossible, then you asked Togra.
  • Mega Corp.: Noxium Corporation, which if you read their back story, are implied to have evolved out of the Illuminati.
  • One Nation Under Copyright: Noxium Corporation.
  • Path of Inspiration: The Divine Ascension faction. According to the in-game documentation, the faction leader created many religions online, including a secret hidden truth in all of them, and used the influence of these religions to collect blackmail material.
  • Private Military Contractors: This is what the Imperium are and they got into space by violently, as in using actual soldiers and weapons, taking over Noxium's competitors.
  • Send in the Clones: The leader of the Solar Dynasty is a clone of said nation's founder and a good chunk of the Solar Dynasty's colony expedition are his clones.
  • Spiritual Successor: Of Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. In fact, it plays almost exactly like SMAC with upgraded graphics.
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