Empire quests are objectives that grant an immediate reward when completed (usually an operation) as well as an added bonus to the first commander to reach them. The Empire quests are only available if you check the 'Empire quest' checkbox under 'advanced setup' and 'gameflow' as you set up the game.
Victory is the ultimate goal of any game and can be achieved in multiples ways. A game can be continued after a player achieves victory.
If a player is allied with every other player, they instantly win an Alliance Victory.
Domination victory is achieved when a commander owns a randomized number of sectors and holds onto them for a 10 turns.
Doomsday is the technological victory of the game. The type of doomsday is determined by a commander's secret tech and despite their name they're not all weapons of mass destruction. All doomsday weapons trigger over the same number of stages, allowing other commanders to recognize and counter the process.
Doomsday victory requires researching the initiation phase, building three doomsday structures and then launching the doomsday finisher operation which requires 10 turns to prime. If a commander captures a doomsday structure the timer is paused and if it successfully razes the structure the timer is reset and the operation will have to be launched again once a third doomsday structure is constructed again.
Completing the first doomsday structure also enables doomsday operations.
Last man standing victory
The Last man standing victory is obtained when a player has the last surviving commander. If a commander falls, then they will respawn after 3 turns at their HQ. A player is defeated by losing their commander and their HQ together.
The score victory is obtained by the player with the highest score at the end of the game
The unifier victory is achieved when a commander successfully takes control of the planet by means of its dormant planet CORE (Conscientious Omnipresent Regency Engine) AI, an autonomous sub-system of the shattered Star Union. In order to appease the planet CORE AI to appoint a commander as planetary ruler, that commander needs to launch the Planetary Unification Protocol operation, which requires late-game research to unlock and costs a large amount of Influence. The operation can only be launched when the commander has Virtuous reputation and the commander or their allies have annexed 3 NPC factions dwellings.
Launching the Planetary Unification Protocol operation starts a probation period. The probation period has base duration of the probation period is 30 turns, modifier by the following:
- Each owned dwelling adds -2 turns
- Each allied commander adds -2 turns
- Each allied faction adds -2 turns
- Each allied commander with the Planetary Unification Protocol operation active adds -4 turns
- Each commander at war with adds +4 turns
- Each faction at war with adds +4 turns
- Each non-allied commander with the Planetary Unification Protocol operation active adds +4 turns
After the operation is launched losing a reputation level will increase the probation period by +2 turns and if the reputation becomes Untrustworthy the operation is canceled. Once there are 5 turns left the probation period can no longer be shortened by obtaining new dwellings and allies.