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* MagnificentBastard: Director Eric Preston of Noxium foresaw Imperium hijacking their prototype colony ship. The moment Heid contacted him, he sent a coded message to Noxium subsidiaries to short-sell Noxium stock like crazy. He knew that as soon as the news of the hijacking became public, the stock would tank. Indeed, that's what ends up happening, and Noxium ends up making back a lot more than what they lost, including the cost of the lost ship.


* DesignItYourselfEquipment: Like in ''Alpha Centauri'', you have a workshop where you can modify a unit's armament, armor, and equipment. Unfortunately, renaming units is not an option, so you might end up with several different types of infantry all named "Colonial Trooper" with only icons to let you know what they're carrying. Existing units can be upgraded to new designs of the same type, for a price.

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* DesignItYourselfEquipment: Like in ''Alpha Centauri'', you have a workshop where you can modify a unit's armament, armor, and equipment. Unfortunately, renaming units is not an option, so you might end up with several different types of infantry all named "Colonial Trooper" with only icons to let you know what they're carrying. Existing units can be upgraded to new designs of the same type, for a price.


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 AGodAmI complex, and the religion is described as "the worst parts of Facebook, Scientology, and North Korea"

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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 AGodAmI complex, and the religion is described as "the worst parts of Facebook, Scientology, and North Korea"
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* [[FourX 4X]]: Much like it's predecessor, gameplay centers around building a civilization, exploring the planet, discovering new technology, and conquering your rivals.

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* [[FourX 4X]]: Much like it's its predecessor, gameplay centers around building a civilization, exploring the planet, discovering new technology, and conquering your rivals.



* 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.

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



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

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* ShoutOut: Togra University and itís leader Alpheus Schreiber are references to ''VideoGame/DarkReign'' involving a scientist named Alpheus Togra.


A 4x Strategy game set on an alien planet developed by Creator/ProxyStudios, [[VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact Pandora: First Contact]] a self proclaimed spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', with factions paralleling the ones in its predecessor.

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A 4x [[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pandora_first_contact.png]]
''Pandora: First Contact'' is a FourX
Strategy game set on an alien planet planet, developed by Creator/ProxyStudios, [[VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact Pandora: First Contact]] Proxy Studios and released in 2013. It is a self proclaimed spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', with factions paralleling the ones in its predecessor.



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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.

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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.airlock.
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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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