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Factions come in two types: Primary Combatant Factions and Non-Primary Combatant (NPC) Factions.

Primary Combatant Factions

There are 6 Primary Combatant Faction available. Each Primary Combatant Faction has access to the following:

  • 8 unique units
  • 2 unique ships
  • 8 unique unit mods
  • 1 unique colonizer
  • unique covert ops, buildings and society doctrines
Faction Weapon Groups Bonuses Racial Abilities
Faction Amazon.png Amazon Damage Bio.png Bio
Damage Thermal.png Laser
  • Command genetically engineered beasts
  • Terraform forests and manipulate wildlife
  • Increased economy and combat capability in forests
ForestAffinity Ability Icons.png Forest Affinity
Faction Assembly.png Assemly Damage Arc.png Arc
Damage Kinetic.png Firearms
  • Reassemble fallen units, bringing them back to life
  • Gather extra resources from battlefield victories
  • Excellent research capabilites
Resistance Arc.png Natural resistance to Arc Damage
Faction Dvar.png Dvar Damage Kinetic.pngExplosive
Damage Kinetic.png Firearms
  • Powerful area of effect and medium range attacks
  • Strong focus on production
  • Terraforming options to destroy and create mountains
Happiness.png Ignore happiness penalties from Volcanic
Faction Kirko.png Kir'ko Damage Bio.png Bio
Damage Psionic.png Psionic
  • Rapid population growth and large armies
  • Swarm Shields protect units in combat
  • Biological units with good melee capability
UnitCategory SwarmShield.png Swarm Shields
UnitCategory Regeneration.png Faster Regeneration
Faction Syndicate.png Syndicate Damage Arc.png Arc
Damage Psionic.png Psionic
  • Indentured slave units ignore morale penalties
  • Excellent stealth capabilities and covert operations
Faction Vanguard.png Vanguard Damage Thermal.png Laser
Damage Kinetic.png Firearms
  • Deploy combat drones and turrets
  • Use of propaganda and military force
  • Powerful ranged units, weak melee capability

NPC Factions

NPC Factions and not playable but may expand like the Primary Factions can. Each NPC Faction originates from a Dwelling which controls a sector and may expand into the surrounding sectors. In order for the sector to be claimed the NPC Faction will have to be annexed or removed.

Each NPC Faction has its own set of quests that can be offered if relations remain peaceful. Each Faction has at least 5 unique units, including a Tier IV unit, and a set of unique mods and operations that Primary Factions can acquire from them. Unique units can be recruited, the maximum tier depending on opinion. Once opinion improves enough the Dwelling can be annexed. Dwellings have resource yields comparable with the Golden Landmarks.

If opinion falls sufficiently NPC Factions might send a demand that scales with how low opinion is and how much has the game progressed. Declining the demand will further lower opinion. If relations with an NPC Faction are about to turn hostile it will trigger a special event. Should relations with an NPC Faction turn hostile their Dwelling will start creating raiding units. Each Dwelling has its own combat map and are destroyed once conquered. Occasionally NPC Factions will launch an invasion against Factions they're hostile towards. Rarely the invasion will be led by a boss, a named character with with high level unit mods and henchmen.

Covert Ops allow a Primary Faction to lower the opinion of NPC Factions towards other Primary Factions.

The Spacers: Mutated descendants of the urban populations. Their society and religion were shaped by gaming culture, as the empire population was entertained extreme VR experiences. With the networks gone, they seek their thrills in the physical world.

The Paragons: The former governing and elite classes. They’ve survived the collapse through life extending augmentations and therapies which are now faltering. They haven’t lost their arrogance and entitlement though.

The Growth: Intelligent plants escaped from biotech company Terra Tech. They strive to live in a symbiosis with other life forms, not for people with tenctaclephobia.

The Automons: Robots from the emergency services that have developed their own autonomous AIs after the central network of CORE went down.

The Psi-Fish: Mysterious floating aliens that have become more prevalent after the collapse.


Marauders are unaffiliated monsters and brigands that are hostile towards each other Faction and can be killed without without any consequences. Marauder armies become active after 5-10 turns and increase in strength as the game progresses.

Marauders always seek to attack stacks first. If no stack is found they will attack province bases. And if no province is found they will attack colony centers. If a marauder unit enters a province base it will raze it within 3 turns. If a marauder unit enters a colony center it will plunge it into anarchy. If the anarchy timer expires the colony will be reduced to a camp.

When marauders enter a sector they will pause for one turn, allowing the commander to prepare for the inevitable battle.

Marauders are created from marauder spawners, dwellings that occupy a sector and have to be cleared before the sector can be exploited.