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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Terra Salvum. Which may or may not have repeatedly nuked the earth in it's terror attacks to force it's enviromentalist worldview onto it.



* CrapsackWorld: Unlike Alpha Centauri there is no democratic faction to hold them together and most of the factions are immoral and evil.

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* CrapsackWorld: Unlike Alpha Centauri there is no democratic faction to hold them together and most of the factions are that isn't in some way immoral and evil.


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* EvilVsEvil: Every single faction in Pandora is in effect, the worst parts of an ideology taken to their extreme. Even worse? [[WellIntentionedExtremist they all believe]] [[DystopiaJustifiesTheMeans in what they're doing]]. From the blatantly autocratic Solar Dynasty to Terra Salvum, which was ''founded'' by a decade-long terror campaign.

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* ShoutOut:
** Mechanization Era agents are described as being fitted with "[[Anime/GhostInTheShell Kusanagi]] devices"
** Several techs, units, and pieces of equipment have their names lifted directly from VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri techs, such as Industrial automation and the use for "formers" as a term for worker/terraformer units and fusion lasers and silksteel armor as unit modules.
** The Mechanization Era tank chassis is called the [[TabletopGame/{{Battletech}} Demolisher Tank]].


* AlcubierreDrive: According to the [[AllInTheManual manual]], this type of propulsion was invented by the Togra University and improved by Noxium scientists to the point where it could be feasibly used to accelerate a ship to relativistic speeds (not FTL, though). Thus, all the colony ships were equipped with them.

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* AlcubierreDrive: According to the [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual]], this type of propulsion was invented by the Togra University and improved by Noxium scientists to the point where it could be feasibly used to accelerate a ship to relativistic speeds (not FTL, though). Thus, all the colony ships were equipped with them.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: The game as a whole is this to ''Alpha Centauri''.


* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. In fact, it plays almost exactly like SMAC with upgraded graphics.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: Of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. In fact, it plays almost exactly like SMAC with upgraded Civilizations V's graphics.


* BloodKnight: James Heid's motivation for going to space is he doesn't want to be left out of the next war.

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* BloodKnight: James Heid's motivation for going to space Pandora is he doesn't want to be left out of the next war.

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* BloodKnight: James Heid's motivation for going to space is he doesn't want to be left out of the next war.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Noxium Corporation does this to its own security force for letting the Imperium make off with their colony ship. Which involves cutting off their bonuses and/or throwing them out the airlock.


* 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

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* the militaristic Imperium
Imperium, led by Admiral James Heid
* the theocratic Divine Ascension
Ascension, led by Lady Lilith Vermillion
* the technocratic Togra University
University, led by Doctor Alpheus Schreiber
* the capitalist Noxium Corporation
Corporation, led by Director Eric Preston
* the environmentalist Terra Salvum
Salvum, led by Advocate Vivian Gardinier
* the fascist Solar Dynasty
Dynasty, led by Prime Minister Yun Xi
* the diplomatic Ambassadors
Ambassadors, led by Secretary Itala Palomino

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* AlcubierreDrive: According to the [[AllInTheManual manual]], this type of propulsion was invented by the Togra University and improved by Noxium scientists to the point where it could be feasibly used to accelerate a ship to relativistic speeds (not FTL, though). Thus, all the colony ships were equipped with them.


* SendInTheClones: 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.

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* SendInTheClones: 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. clones.
* SleeperStarship: All the factions except for Terra Salvum arrived in these, built by the Noxium Corporation and sold to (or stolen by) the others. Terra Salvum lacked the funds to buy a ship, so they stole the plans and built their own.

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** According to the Imperium {{backstory}}, this is how the original founders of Empire Management were killed by a disgruntled employee. Using one of their own {{Kill Sat}}s to boot.

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Turning your troopers into snipers or tanks into artillery pieces allows them to attack without retaliation (artillery can even attack two cells away). However, sniper rifles and artillery weapons are significantly weaker than standard weapons, which means they can leave units severely underpowered if they are attacked.


* EverythingTryingToKillYou: 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.

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* EverythingTryingToKillYou: 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. The fungus is also harmful to any unit who steps on it, although you can eventually make your formers immune to it.


* PrivateMilitaryContractors: This is what the Imperium (officially known as Empire Management) are and they got into space by violently, as in using actual soldiers and weapons, taking over Noxium's competitors.

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* PrivateMilitaryContractors: This is what the Imperium (officially known as Empire Management) are and they got into space by violently, as in using actual soldiers and weapons, taking over Noxium's competitors. competitors.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Admiral Heid's reason for breaking all ties with the largest MegaCorp in the Solar System and making off with one of their colony ships? Noxium's decision not to include the Imperium in the venture. In fact, it's rightly pointed out that Heid's mercenaries have no interest in SettlingTheFrontier. Heid, however, can't bear for there to be a war without his participation.

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