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A galaxy populated by multiple empires

An Empire is a group of planets and star systems that are ruled by the same government and controlled by a single player (or AI). Empires may have a variety of governments such as a democracy, oligarchism, despotism or imperial rule.

Ethics are the most defining features of a space empire; they affect the behavior of AI empires, likely technologies, available policies and edicts, valid government types, the opinions of other empires, and - perhaps most importantly - provide the fuel for internal strife in large and diverse empires. Civics are the second-most defining features of a space empire; they affect the finer details of the empire's internal structure as well as having certain effects on the empire's behavior.

It should be noted that the name of the player empire and its government structure can always be changed in the government window.

Each empire starts with a basic setup that's modified by its origin, authority, civics, and species archetype.

Default home system[edit | edit source]

The default home systems deposits total 12-13 Energy.png Energy, 12-13 Minerals.png Minerals, and 5-6 Research.png Research of up to two random types. The smaller deposits won't have mining or research stations built on them yet.

Celestial object Station Deposit0
G Star.png Star Yes.png Energy.png 5 Energy
  • Unknown.png Random object
    • G Star.png Star
    • Planet molten.png Molten World
    • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant
Yes.png Energy.png 5 Energy
  • Unknown.png 2 Random objects
    • Planet asteroid.png Asteroid
    • Planet barren.png Barren World
    • Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)
    • Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Planet frozen.png Frozen World
Yes.png Minerals.png 5 Minerals (x2)
  • Unknown.png Random object
    • G Star.png Star
    • Planet molten.png Molten World
    • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant
No.png
  • 50%: Energy.png 2 Energy
  • 50%: Energy.png 3 Energy
  • Unknown.png Random object
    • Planet asteroid.png Asteroid
    • Planet barren.png Barren World
    • Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)
    • Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Planet frozen.png Frozen World
No.png
  • 50%: Minerals.png 2 Minerals
  • 50%: Minerals.png 3 Minerals
  • Unknown.png Random object
    • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant
    • Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Planet frozen.png Frozen World
    • Planet barren.png Barren World
    • Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)
    • G Star.png Star
Yes.png
  • Depends on object type
    • Society research 3 Society research if Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Physics Research 3 Physics research if Planet barren.png Barren World or G Star.png Star
    • Engineering research 3 Engineering research if Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant, Planet frozen.png Frozen World, or Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)
  • Unknown.png Random object
    • Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant
    • Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Planet frozen.png Frozen World
    • Planet barren.png Barren World
    • Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)
    • G Star.png Star
No.png
  • Depends on object type
    • Society research 2 Society research if Planet toxic.png Toxic World
    • Physics Research 2 Physics research ifPlanet barren.png Barren World or G Star.png Star
    • Engineering research 2 Engineering research if Planet gas giant.png Gas Giant, Planet frozen.png Frozen World, or Planet barren cold.png Barren World (cold)

Preconstructed districts

Empire District.png Default districts0
District city.png Housing District industrial.png Industrial District generator.png Generator District mining.png Mining District farming.png Agriculture
Auth democratic.pngAuth oligarchic.pngAuth dictatorial.pngImperial Default 3 2 2 2 2
Auth corporate.png Corporate authority +1 −1
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind authority −1
Trait lithoid.png Lithoid species +2 −2
  • Origins default.png Prosperous Unification origin
  • No.pngTrait lithoid.png Lithoid
+1 +1
  • Origins default.png Prosperous Unification origin
  • Trait lithoid.png Lithoid
+1 +1
  • Origins mechanist.png Mechanist origin
+1
Civic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll civic −2 +2
Civic anglers.png Anglers civic
Planet tropical.pngPlanet continental.pngPlanet ocean.png Homeworld has wet climate
−1 +1
Origins tree of life.png Tree of Life origin −1 +1
  • Civic catalytic processing.pngCivic hive catalytic processing.png Catalytic Processing civic
  • No.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
  • No.pngTrait lithoid.png Lithoid main species with biological subspecies
−2 +2
  • Trait lithoid.png Lithoid main species and one of the following:
    • Biological subspecies
    • Civic catalytic processing.pngCivic hive catalytic processing.png Catalytic Processing civic
−1 +1
Machine Empire District city.png Nexus District industrial.png Industrial District generator.png Generator District mining.png Mining District farming.png Agriculture
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence default 2 1 4 1 0
Origins default.png Prosperous Unification origin +1 +1
Civic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitor civic
Biological subspecies
+1 +1
Civic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitor civic
Trait lithoid.png Lithoid subspecies
+1 +1
Civic machine assimilator.png Driven Assimilator civic
Biological subspecies
−1 +1
Civic machine assimilator.png Driven Assimilator civic
Trait lithoid.png Lithoid subspecies
−1 +1
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
Civic machine catalytic processing.png Catalytic Processing civic
−1 −1 +2

Preconstructed buildings

Building Default buildings Building swaps0
Replacement Requirements
Building capital.png 
 Planetary Administration capital
None
Building bureaucratic 1.png 
 Administrative Offices
None
Building research lab 1.png 
 Research Labs
  • Building dread encampment.png Dread Encampment
  • Both home system research deposits changed to Engineering research 6 Engineering research
Civic reanimated armies.png Reanimators civic
Building commercial zone.png 
 Commercial Zones
  • Building holo theatres.png Holo-Theatre
  • District industrial.png +1 Industrial District
  • Civic pleasure seekers.png Pleasure Seekers civic
  • No.pngSpiritualist.pngFanatic Spiritualist.png Spiritualist ethic
  • No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll civic
  • Building temple.png Temple
  • District industrial.png +1 Industrial District
  • Spiritualist.pngFanatic Spiritualist.png Spiritualist ethic
  • No.pngAuth corporate.png Corporate authority
  • No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll civic
  • No.pngCivic anglers.png Anglers civic
  • No.pngCivic catalytic processing.png Catalytic Processing civic
  • No.pngCivic death cult.png Death Cult civic
  • Building temple.png Temple
  • District farming.png +1 Agriculture District
  • Spiritualist.pngFanatic Spiritualist.png Spiritualist ethic
  • No.pngAuth corporate.png Corporate authority
  • Civic anglers.pngCivic catalytic processing.png Anglers or Catalytic Processing civic
  • No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll civic
  • Building sacrificial temple 1.png Sacrificial Temple
  • District industrial.png +1 Industrial District
  • Civic death cult.png Death Cult civic
  • No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll civic
None
  • Building robot assembly plant.png Robot Assembly Plants
  • Origins mechanist.png Mechanist origin
Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness default buildings Building swaps0
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence Replacement Requirements
Building hive core.png 
 Hive Core capital
Building machine capital 1.png 
 Administrative Array capital
None
Building hive node.png
Synaptic Nodes
Building autochthon monument.png
Uplink Node
Removed Origins necrophage.png Necrophage origin
Building research lab 1.png 
 Research Labs
None
Building spawning pool.png
Spawning Pools
Building robot assembly plant.png
Machine Assembly Plants
Removed
  • Origins necrophage.png Necrophage origin
  • Civic devouring swarm.png Devouring Swarm civic
None Building organic sanctuary.png Organic Sanctuary Civic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitor civic

Origin[edit | edit source]

The Origin represents the background of a species before it unified itself into an empire. In games with randomly generated AI empire most Origins are unique, meaning only one empire with that origin can be generated.

Origin Empire effects Homeworld effects Requirements Unique DLC
Origins default.png Prosperous Unification Tech planetary unification.png Planetary Unification technology starts unlocked and can be researched Pop.png Start with 4 additional Pops
District city.png Start with 2 additional Districts built
Mod pop happiness.png +15% Happiness for 20 years
Amenities.png +25% Amenities for 20 years
Mod pop resource output.png +10% Resources from Jobs for 20 years
No.png
Origins gateway.png Galactic Doorstep Unknown.png Start with a dormant Gateway which will bring the following in the first years:
  1. 100-1500 Alloys.png Alloys and/or Minerals.png Minerals
  2. A small space amoeba
  3. A special project that creates the From Gateway Sent archaeological site

Tech gateway construction.png If the Gateway is reactivated it unlocks the Gateway Construction technology

None Yes.png
Origins lost colony.png Lost Colony Unknown.png An Advanced Empire with the same species and random ethics will exist in the galaxy
Flag human 9.png If species portrait is Human the advanced empire will use the Sol starting system
No.png AI empires with this origin won't generate advanced empires if those were turned off
Pm planet from space.pngPm frame 1.png Start with the Colonial Spirit homeworld modifier
Mod habitability.png Homeworld does not get the +30 Habitability bonus
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness Yes.png
Origins mechanist.png Mechanist Tech powered exoskeletons.png Start with the Powered Exoskeletons technology researched
Tech robotic workers.png Start with the Robotic Workers technology researched
Mod pop robot upkeep mult.png −5% Robot upkeep
Building Start with a Robot Assembly Plants building
Pop.png Start with 8 robot Pops
Materialist.pngFanatic Materialist.png Materialist
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic permanent employment.png Permanent Employment
No.png Utopia.png
Origins syncretic evolution.png Syncretic Evolution Pop.png Start with 12 Pops of the second species Trait primitive.png Can create a second species with the Serviles trait No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic fanatic purifiers.png Fanatic Purifiers
No.png Utopia.png
Origins tree of life.png Tree of Life D huge tree.png Colonies start with a Tree of Life Sapling planetary feature
Decision resources.png Enables the Transplant Tree of Life decision
Mod starbase shipyard build cost mult.png Colony ships cost less Alloys but more Food
Devastation.png Tree of Life planetary features are removed at 50 Devastation
Pm bleak.pngPm frame 1.png Worlds without a Tree of Life planetary feature have the following penalties:
  • Mod planet building build speed mult.png −50% Planet Build Speed
  • Mod pop resource output.png −25% Resources from Jobs
  • Upkeep +10% Upkeep from Jobs
  • Stability.png −5 Stability
D huge tree.png Start with a Tree of Life planetary feature
District farming.png Start with +1 built Agriculture district
District mining.png Start with −1 built Mining district
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind
No.pngCivic devouring swarm.png Devouring Swarm
No.pngCivic devouring swarm.png Terravore
Yes.png Utopia.png
Origins resource consolidation.png Resource Consolidation Energy.png Capital star has a deposit of 10 Energy.png Energy
Planet barren.png Other home system planets are broken or molten worlds with no resource deposits
Planet ai.png Homeworld is a Machine World with no blockers
D veiny cliffs.png Start with a Consolidated Resources planetary feature
D station junk.png Start with an Malfunctioning Replicator Bay blocker
D bubbling swamp.png Start with an Organic Slurry planetary feature if Driven Assimilator
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
No.pngCivic machine servitor.png Rogue Servitor
No.pngCivic machine catalytic processing.png Organic Reprocessing
Yes.png Synthetic Dawn.png
Origins clones.png Clone Army Building Can construct up to 5 Ancient Clone Vat buildings
Trait clone soldier.png Species has the Clone Soldier trait
Trait clone soldier.png Admirals have the Clone Army Admiral trait
Tech cloning.png Start with the Cloning technology researched
Tech gene banks.png Start with the Gene Banks technology researched
Pop decline speed Losing Ancient Clone Vat buildings creates Pop Decline Speed
Building Start with two Ancient Clone Vat buildings
Archaeology map icon.png After 3-5 years the Homeworld Excavation archaeological site appears
Unknown.png Excavating the archaeological site starts the Genetic Crossroads event chain
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic permanent employment.png Permanent Employment
No.png DLC humanoids species pack.png
Origins life seeded.png Life-Seeded Trait pc gaia preference.png Species has Gaia World Preference

Planet gaia.png Homeworld is a size 30 Gaia World
D bubbling swamp.png Start with 1 Bubbling Swamp planetary feature
D crystalline caverns.png Start with 1 Crystalline Caverns planetary feature
D dust caverns.png Start with 1 Dust Caverns planetary feature

No.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence No.png Apocalypse.png
Origins post apocalyptic.png Post-Apocalyptic Trait survivor.png Species has the Survivor trait Planet nuked.png Homeworld is a Tomb World No.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll
No.pngCivic anglers.png Anglers
No.png Apocalypse.png
Origins remnant.png Remnants Pm planet from space.pngPm frame 1.png Guaranteed Habitable Worlds gain the Colonial Remains modifier when colonized Planet nuked.png Homeworld is a size 22 Relic World
D city ruins.png Start with 5 Ruined Arcology blockers which unlock random techs when cleared
No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll Yes.png Ancient Relics.png
Origins lithoid.png Calamitous Birth Menu icon ship designer.png Can build Meteorite Colony Ships D crater.png Start with a Massive Crater planetary feature
Pm asteroid impacts.pngPm frame 3.png Start with a Lithoid Crater homeworld modifier
Trait lithoid.png Lithoid species
No.pngCivic catalytic processing.png Catalytic Processing
Civic corporate catalytic processing.png Catalytic Recyclers
No.pngCivic hive catalytic processing.pngCivic machine catalytic processing.png Organic Reprocessing
Yes.png Lithoids.png
Origins common ground.png Common Ground Tradition diplomacy the federation.png Start with Diplomacy tradition tree adopted and with the Federation tradition
Federation default.png Start as the president of a Galactic Union Federation with two other members
Xenophile.png The two members will be Xenophile and share at least one ethic with the president
No.png There will be no Guaranteed Habitable Worlds regardless of game settings
Diplomacy opinion.png +100 Permanent Opinion to and from Federation members
Diplomacy trust.png +50 Trust to and from Federation members
None No.pngXenophobe.pngFanatic Xenophobe.png Xenophobe
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic inwards perfection.png Inwards Perfection
No.pngCivic fanatic purifiers.png Fanatic Purifiers
No.pngCivic barbaric despoilers.png Barbaric Despoilers
Yes.png Federations
Origins hegemon.png Hegemon Tradition diplomacy the federation.png Start with Diplomacy tradition tree adopted and with the Federation tradition
Hegemony Start as the president of a Hegemony Federation with two other members
Xenophile.png The two members will be Xenophile and share at least one ethic with the president
No.png There will be no Guaranteed Habitable Worlds regardless of game settings
None No.pngXenophobe.pngFanatic Xenophobe.png Xenophobe
No.pngEgalitarian.pngFanatic Egalitarian.png Egalitarian
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic inwards perfection.png Inwards Perfection
No.pngCivic fanatic purifiers.png Fanatic Purifiers
Yes.png Federations
Origins doomsday.png Doomsday Planet barren.png A warning is given a year before the homeworld explodes
Planet barren.png No guaranteed habitable planets will spawn near the home system
Mod planet immigration pull mult.png Pops can be resettled from the homeworld regardless of ethics
Menu icon edicts.png Enables the Evacuation Protocols Edict
Mod pop happiness.png +30% Happiness for 5 years after the first colony if not Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
Stability.png +30% Stability for 5 years after the first colony if Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
Planet barren.png Homeworld will become a Shattered World in 35 to 45 years
Devastation.png Start with 10 Devastation
Pm exploding planet.pngPm frame 2.png Start with the Doomsday homeworld modifier which worsens every decade
Yes.png Federations
Origins one the shoulders of giant.png On the Shoulders of Giants Archaeology map icon.png A random home system planet has the Ex Gravitas archaeological site
Feature.png Can get the On the Shoulders of Giants mid-game event chain
None No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness Yes.png Federations
Origins scion 1.png Scion Diplomacy hasvassal.png Start as a Scion of a Fanatic Materialist.png Fanatic Materialist or Fanatic Spiritualist.png Fanatic Spiritualist Fallen Empire
Diplomacy opinion.png +100 Opinion to and from the Overlord
Mod ship speed mult.png Start with a Wormhole leading to the Overlord's capital system
Unknown.png Gain a more powerful gift every few decades
Gain a temporary Fallen Empire fleet every 20 years if losing a war against a Superior empire
Creates a 1-system Fallen Empire if the game was started with none
None No.pngFanatic Xenophobe.png Fanatic Xenophobe
No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic pompous purists.png Pompous Purists
Yes.png Federations
Origins shattered ring.png Shattered Ring Trait pc ring preference.png Species has Ring World Preference
Planet ringworld.png Can repair two other sections of the home system
Planet ringworld.png Start with an irreparable section with a deposit of 5 Engineering research Engineering Research
Planet barren.png Start with a Shattered World with a deposit of 10 Minerals.png Minerals
Energy.png Capital star has a deposit of 10 Energy.png Energy
No.png Cannot change the starting system
No.png No guaranteed habitable worlds will spawn regardless of game settings

Planet ringworld.png Homeworld is a Shattered Ring World
D mining tunnels.png Start with 3 Decrepit Tunnels blockers
D metal boneyard.png Start with 4 Ancient Rubble blockers

No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll
No.pngCivic anglers.png Anglers
Yes.png Federations
Origin void dwellers.png Void Dwellers

Trait pc ring preference.png Species has Habitat Preference
Trait void dweller positive.png Species has the Void Dweller trait
Tech habitat.png Start with the Orbital Habitats technology researched
Tech habitat 2.png Habitat Expansion technology starts unlocked and can be researched
Tech hydroponics.png Start with the Hydroponics Farming technology researched if not Lithoid
Tech eco simulation.png Start with the Eco Simulation technology researched if not Lithoid
Tech powered exoskeletons.png Start with the Powered Exoskeletons technology researched if Lithoid
Tech space mining 1.png Start with the Zero-G Refineries technology researched if Lithoid
Job farmer.png Hydroponic farms have +1 Farmer Jobs
No.png Cannot change the starting system except for a special version of Sol
Unknown.png 1% chance to spawn the Crystalline Empire enclave during mid-game (player only)

District hab science.png Start on a size 6 habitat built over a Research deposit
District mining.png Start on a size 4 habitat built over a Mining deposit
District hab energy.png Start on a size 4 habitat built over an Energy deposit
D station reactor.png Start with an Arcane Replicator planetary feature on the capital habitat

No.pngGestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
No.pngCivic agrarian idyll.png Agrarian Idyll
No.pngCivic anglers.png Anglers
No.pngCivic idyllic bloom.pngCivic hive idyllic bloom.png Idyllic Bloom
Yes.png Federations
Origins necrophage.png Necrophage Trait necrophage.png Species has the Necrophage trait
Pop cat ruler.png Only Necrophage Pops can be Leaders or take Ruler jobs
Building Can construct Chamber of Elevation buildings
Job purge.png Can use the Necrophage purge type
Pop.png Can create a second species
Tech centralized command.png Centralized Command technology starts unlocked and can be researched
Tech glandular acclimation.png With Glandular Acclimation converting Pops changes habitability to their current planet's
Job hunter.png Guaranteed Habitable Worlds contain primitive civilizations advanced up to Iron Age
Pop.png Start with 12 Pops of the prepatent species
Building Start with a Chamber of Elevation building if not Genocidal
No.pngXenophile.pngFanatic Xenophile.png Xenophile
No.pngFanatic Egalitarian.png Fanatic Egalitarian
No.pngCivic death cult.png Death Cult
No.pngCivic death cult corporate.png Corporate Death Cult
No.pngCivic empath.png Empath
No.pngCivic permanent employment.png Permanent Employment
No.png Necroids.png
Origin here be dragons.png Here Be Dragons Diplomacy alliance.png Start with an allied Sky Dragon leviathan
Living Metal.png A system 2 hyperlanes away will contain a Living Metal deposit
None No.pngCivic fanatic purifiers.pngCivic devouring swarm.pngCivic machine terminator.png Genocidal Yes.png Aquatics.png
Origins ocean paradise.png Ocean Paradise

Trait aquatic.png Species has the Aquatic trait
System hazards icon.png Start inside a nebula
Planet frozen.png Start with 4 Frozen worlds and 10 Ice Asteroids
Planet frozen.png Guaranteed habitable worlds are Frozen worlds
No.png Cannot change the starting system

Planet ocean.png Homeworld is a size 30 Ocean World
Pm ocean paradise.pngPm frame 1.png Start with the Ocean Paradise homeworld modifier
D crystal reef.png Start with a Crystal Reef planetary feature
D submerged ore veins.png Start with 3 Submerged Ore Veins planetary features
D underwater vent.png Start with 3 Underwater Vents planetary features
D teeming reef.png Start with 8 Teeming Reef planetary features

No.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence No.png Aquatics.png
Origins slingshot to the stars.png Slingshot to the Stars Influence.png −75% Starbase Influence Distance Cost
Yes.png Start with a Ruined Quantum Catapult megastructure in a neighbor system
Archaeology map icon.png Start with the Quantum Catapult archaeological site in the neighbor system
Yes.png Do not require technologies to repair Ruined Quantum Catapult megastructures
Influence.png Building a starbase in the neighbor system grants 150 Influence
Unknown.png There will be one guaranteed habitable world less
Tech quantum catapult.png If the megastructure is repaired it unlocks the Quantum Catapult technology
None No.png Overlord.png
Origins imperial fiefdom.png Imperial Fiefdom Diplomacy hasvassal.png Start as a subject of an advanced empire
Diplomacy isvassal.png Each galaxy size will spawn a vassal bordering the overlord
Planet gaia.png Overlord will control a size 30 Gaia World
Origins imperial fiefdom.png If multiple empires have the origin they will have the same overlord
Time After 35 years become independent
Time After 35 years the advanced empire will break into 3 empires
Time After 35 years can become the overlord of previous vassals with Inferior relative power
Diplomacy hasvassal.png On day 2 choose to become a specialized subject:
  • Specialist subject bulwark.png Bulwark grants 5 destroyers and the technology to build more
  • Specialist subject prospectorium.png Prospectorium grants 2 construction ships
  • Specialist subject scholarium.png Scholarium grants a science ship and a level 3 scientist
None No.pngCivic inwards perfection.png Inwards Perfection
No.pngCivic machine assimilator.png Driven Assimilator
No.pngCivic fanatic purifiers.pngCivic devouring swarm.pngCivic machine terminator.png Genocidal
No.png Overlord.png
Origins subterranean.png Subterranean Trait cave dweller.png Species has the Cave Dweller trait
Mod district mining max.png Mining Districts are uncapped
Housing.png +2 Housing per Mining District
Building +1 Building Slot per 3 Mining District
Damage −75% Orbital Bombardment Damage
Mod planet building cost mult.png +10% Building and District Cost
Mod planet building build speed mult.png −10% Planetary Build Speed
Unknown.png Uses a unique city appearance outside habitable megastructures
None No.pngAuth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence No.png Overlord.png
Origins teachers of the shroud.png Teachers of the Shroud Trait psionic species.png Species has the Latent psionic trait
Diplomacy alliance.png Start in contact with the Shroud-Touched Coven enclave
Sb shroud beacon.png Can construct a Shroud Beacon starbase building
Rare crystals.png Start with 25 Rare Crystals
Building Can construct Psi Corps buildings
Tech psionic theory.png Psionic Theory technology starts unlocked and can be researched
Planet shroud.png Nearby planets may be Shrouded Worlds
None Spiritualist.pngFanatic Spiritualist.png Spiritualist Yes.png Overlord.png
Origins progenitor hive.png Progenitor Hive Mod leader species exp gain.png Leaders gain experience each month
Building Can construct Offspring Nest holdings
Building Can construct Offspring Nest buildings
Cannot construct Spawning Pools buildings
Mod pop resource output.png −50% Menial Drone Output on worlds without an Offspring Drone
Diplomacy hasvassal.png Can release sectors as subjects
Sb offspring aura.png Can construct Offspring Outlook starbase buildings
Ship class Can design and build Offspring ships
Fleet Size.png Starting fleet has an Offspring Corvette
Unknown.png Fleets without an Offspring Ship have the following penalties:
  • Mod ship tracking add.png −50% Accuracy
  • Mod ship evasion mult.png −50% Evasion
  • Mod ship fire rate mult.png −50% Ship Fire Rate
  • Mod ship speed mult.png −50% Sublight Speed
Building Start with an offspring Nest building
D progenitor.png Start with a Progenitor Nest planetary features
Unknown.png If the homeworld is invaded or destroyed gain the following penalties:
  • Mod pop resource output.png −10% Menial Drone Output
  • Mod ship speed mult.png −30% Sublight Speed
  • Stability.png −10 Stability
  • Decision progenitor empty.png Enables the Grow a New Progenitor decision
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind Yes.png Overlord.png
Utopia.png

Unplayable origins[edit | edit source]

The following origins have no effects and are not available to player empires.

Origin Source Description
Origins elder race.png Elder Race Fallen Empires This civilization greatly predates the current generation of galactic powers. Eons of stagnation gradually reduced their empire to a mere shadow of what it once was.
Origins enlightened.png Enlightened Enlightened pre-FTL civilizations The natural development of this civilization was greatly accelerated by the interference of another party, who helped them become a spacefaring culture.
Origins separatists.png Separatists Rebel empires This civilization came into being when it rebelled and seceded from another empire.
Origins hegemon.png Hegemon Subordinate Empires generated by the Hegemon Hegemon origin This civilization established early contact with their immediate alien neighbors. Gradually, over the span of a century, they were subordinated to one of those neighbors, who masterminded the birth of an interstellar union with them as its leader.
Origins imperial fiefdom.png Imperial Liege Empires generated by the Origins imperial fiefdom.png Imperial Fiefdom origin An ambitious overlord who has spent considerable time and efforts in subduing their closest neighbors to serve their every need. They are slowly growing more indolent as they devolve more and more responsibility to their vassals.
Origins khan successor.png Khanate Successor Horde successors This civilization arose out of the ashes of the Great Khan's mighty empire.

Capital[edit | edit source]

The capital is the ruling seat of an empire as well as the final destination for all its trade routes. An empire's capital can be moved once every 10 years for a cost of 250 Influence.png influence if the empire is at peace. An empire's capital planet and system are marked by gold star corners on the system and galaxy maps.

The capital has its own world designation with the following effects.

Authority Effects
Auth democratic.pngAuth oligarchic.pngAuth dictatorial.pngImperialAuth corporate.png Regular
  • Stability.png Stability +5
  • Amenities.png Amenities +10
  • Mod pop government ethic attraction.png Governing Ethics Attraction +100%
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind
  • Stability.png Stability +5
  • Job maintenance drone.png Amenities +10
  • Job criminal.png Deviancy −20
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
  • Stability.png Stability +5
  • Job maintenance drone.png Amenities +10
  • Job criminal.png Deviancy −20
  • Mod pop resource output.png Drone Resource Output +5%

Empire size[edit | edit source]

Empire Size is a measure of an empire's expansion. It is increased by 10 for each colony, 1 for each system, district and pop and 2 for each owned Branch Office. Empire Size can be affected by the following:

Source Empire sprawl.png Empire Size
Tradition expansion courier network.png Courier Network / Limited Autonomy / Extensible Software tradition −25% from systems and colonies
Civic private prospectors.png Private Prospectors civic −33% from systems
Civic divided attention.png Divided Attention civic −50% from colonies
Imperial Prerogative Imperial Prerogative ascension perk −50% from colonies
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence authority +50% from colonies
Tradition domination imperious architecture.png Modular Depots tradition −25% from districts
Tech construction templates.png Construction Templates technology −10% from districts
Civic franchising.png Franchising civic −25% from branch offices
Resolution imperial institutions.png Imperial Charter modifier −25% from branch offices
Trait docile.png Docile species trait −10% per pop
Streamlined protocols.png Streamlined Protocols species trait −10% per pop
Trait unruly.png Unruly species trait +10% per pop
High bandwidth.png High Bandwidth species trait +10% per pop
Pm slave riots.pngPm frame 3.png Stellar Culture Shock planet modifier −50% per pop
Fanatic Pacifist.png Fanatic Pacifist ethic −30% from pops
Civic subsumed will.png Subsumed Will civic −20% from pops
Civic machine ota updates.png OTA Updates civic −20% from pops
Pacifist.png Pacifist ethic −15% from pops
Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence authority −15% from pops
Civic beacon of liberty.png Beacon of Liberty civic −15% from pops
Tech psionic theory.png Psionic Theory technology −10% from pops
Domination Domination tradition tree finish −10% from pops
Harmony Harmony tradition tree finish −10% from pops
Tradition icon synchronicity.png Synchronicity tradition tree finish −10% from pops
Resolution greater good.png The Greater Good The Greater Good resolution 4 −10% from pops
Leader skill levels.png per Governor skill level −2% per pop

Note that the "per pop" effects and the "from pops" are two different categories of size reduction. Both groups are additive within themselves, but multiplicative between each other. So pops with the Trait docile.png Docile trait with a level 1 governor in a Fanatic Pacifist.png Fanatic Pacifist empire with Civic beacon of liberty.png Beacon of Liberty will contribute the following to the empire size:


Each point the Empire Size above 100 increases tradition cost by +0.2% and technology cost by +0.1%. The penalty can be affected by the following authorities:

Authority Effect
Auth hive mind.png Hive Mind −25%
Auth dictatorial.png Dictatorial −10%
Auth corporate.png Corporate +25%

Sector systems[edit | edit source]

Sectors are administrative regions within an empire. Every empire will start with a core sector, named after the homeworld and extending up to four hyperlanes away from the capital. Any colonized planet more than four hyperlanes away from another sector capital can be selected to become the sector capital of a new sector, with the planet becoming marked by blue star corners on the system and galaxy maps. The new sector will extend up to four hyperlanes away from the sector capital. Wormholes and Gateways are not counted for this calculation. Each sector can have a Governor assigned to it.

All sectors, including the core sector, can be given a Sector Focus. Choosing a Sector Focus will make the sector develop itself automatically towards a given direction as long as it has resources, reducing micromanagement.

Energy credits and minerals can be added to a Shared Stockpile for all Sectors to use or given manually to each Sector. Resources transferred to sectors will be converted into a wildcard resource at a 1:1 ratio and it can be spent on planetary construction as though it were energy credits or minerals. Shared and Sector stockpiles are limited to the amount of energy credits you may store. Beyond that, it is wasted.

Relative power[edit | edit source]

Relative Power is a measure of how much empires are ahead of one another in terms of resource production, fleet power or researched technologies. A Relative Power of Superior/Inferior means that an empire has 50% more (1.5x) resource production, fleet power or researched technologies and a Relative Power of Overwhelming/Pathetic means that an empire has 150% more (2.5x) resource production, fleet power or researched technologies.

Relative Power is split into three categories: Fleet Power, Economic Power and Technology Level.

Fleet Power: The combined fleet power of every owned fleet.

  • +1 per 1 Fleet Power

Economic Power: A weighted sum of all monthly income, including income from trade agreements. Monthly spending is not part of this score. The various resources are weighted the same as their base market price (base energy price for 1 unit):

  • +1 per Energy.pngMinerals.pngFood.png basic resources
  • +2 per Consumer goods.png Consumer Goods
  • +4 per Alloys.png Alloys
  • +10 per Exotic gases.pngRare crystals.pngVolatile motes.png common strategic resources
  • +20 per Dark Matter.pngLiving Metal.pngZro.png rare strategic resources

Technology Level: 60 + the combined base Tech Cost of all researched technologies, divided by 100. Repeatables only count 0.33x as much as regular technologies.

  • +60 Base Technology Level
  • +0.01 per 1 base Research.pngTech Cost of all researched technologies, including repeatable technologies

The formula to calculate the overall power of an empire is:

Victory score[edit | edit source]

Victory score tallies an empire's total accomplishment. The empire that has the highest score when the Victory Year arrives is declared winner. The Victory Year is configurable and can be disabled altogether. An empire will always declare victory, if it's the only one that can do so. All players may continue the game session normally even after an empire declares victory and the victory is, in practical terms, of little concern.

The Victory Window shows a total score for each empire and its ranking, as well as a breakdown by category. The categories are as follows:

Economic Strength: +1 per 1 Economic Power based on Relative Power OR +5000 if the Empire has no economy.

Technology Level: 60 +0.25 per 1 Technology Level over 60 based on Relative Power

Number of Systems: +10 per system

Number of Colonies: +50 per colony

Number of Pops: +2 per pop, regardless of type

Subject Empires: +50% of a subject empire's score is given to the overlord

Federation: +10% of each other federation member's score is shared by all federation members

Crisis Ships Killed: +10 per crisis ship destroyed

Relics Collected: Each Relic grants a large amount of score. The score of each Relic is shown on the Relics page.

Empire modifiers[edit | edit source]

Empire Modifiers are gained through a variety of actions such as event choices or diplomacy with enclaves. They affect the entire empire and as such bring large benefits or penalties.

Permanent modifiers[edit | edit source]

Permanent Empire Modifiers are always positive and last the entire game. They can only be gained through events.

Modifier Effects Source Description DLC
Market Nexus Navbar icons market.png −10% Market Fee
  • Galactic Market Station
  • Can be captured
Hosts the Galactic Market Station
Flagellating Movement Mod ship evasion mult.png +5% Evasion
  • Space Amoebas First contact choice.
We have updated our Evasive fleet stance protocols based on observations of the Space Amoebas' flagella.
Amoeba Hunter Damage +33% Damage to Space Amoebas
Energy.png 1000 Energy per destroyed Space Amoebas fleet
  • Fanatic Militarist.pngMilitarist.png Militarist, Fanatic Xenophobe.pngXenophobe.png Xenophobe or Civic fanatic purifiers.pngCivic devouring swarm.pngCivic machine terminator.png Genocidal
  • Space Amoebas First contact choice.
Amoeba carcasses are rounded up after battle and their internal organs harvested for valuable organic compounds, bringing in Energy.png 1000 for every fleet destroyed.
Amoeboid Pacification Planet border extrusion.png Space Amoebas will not attack owned ships
  • Fanatic Pacifist.pngPacifist.png Pacifist or Fanatic Xenophile.pngXenophile.png Xenophile
  • Space Amoebas First contact choice.
Fleets regulate radiation venting when approaching Space Amoebas, and the spaceborne creatures no longer recognize us as a threat.
Crystal Focus Mod resource energy mult.png +5% Energy Credits from Jobs
  • Crystalline Entities First contact choice.
Improved transmission mediums modeled after the Crystalline Entities' unique internal structures minimize resistive losses in energy production and distribution.
Crystal Hunter Damage +33% Damage to Crystalline Entities
Minerals.png 500 Minerals per destroyed Crystalline Entities fleet
  • Fanatic Militarist.pngMilitarist.png Militarist, Fanatic Xenophobe.pngXenophobe.png Xenophobe or Civic fanatic purifiers.pngCivic devouring swarm.pngCivic machine terminator.png Genocidal
  • Crystalline Entities First contact choice.
The shattered remains of Crystalline Entities are automatically salvaged after battle, bringing in Minerals.png 500 for every fleet destroyed.
Crystalline Pacification Planet border extrusion.png Crystalline Entities will not attack owned ships
  • Fanatic Pacifist.pngPacifist.png Pacifist or Fanatic Xenophile.pngXenophile.png Xenophile
  • Crystalline Entities First contact choice.
Short-wave broadcasts at certain frequencies effectively disguise our fleets as fellow Crystalline Entities, and the spaceborne creatures no longer recognize us as a threat.
Drone Mining Techniques Mod resource minerals mult.png +10% Mining Station Minerals Output
  • Ancient Mining Drones special project choice
Using techniques derived from the Mining Drones allows us to efficiently exploit mineral veins previously not deemed worth the trouble.
Drone Destroyer Damage +33% Damage to Ancient Mining Drones
  • Ancient Mining Drones first contact choice.
The Mining Drones are obviously mass-produced. A weakness found in one is a weakness found in all.
Void Loops Pop resource physics research mult.png +10% Physics Research from Jobs
  • Void Clouds first contact choice.
The anomalous nature of the Void Clouds open up new possibilities in physics research.
Cloud Destroyer Damage +33% Damage to Void Clouds
  • Void Clouds first contact choice.
The Void Clouds' charge fluctuates in a rapid but observable cycle. Striking with precise timing dramatically destabilizes the inscrutable energies that animate the entities.
Sentinel Data Damage +20% Damage to Prethoryn Creatures
  • The Prethoryn Scourge covers 50% of the galaxy
  • Sentinels weren't defeated
These detailed anatomy files on the Prethoryn were given to us by the Sentinels. With their help we have been able to identify several weak points in the exoskeletons of the Prethoryn creatures.
Asteroid Encryption Intel decryption.png +1 Encryption
  • Asteroid Collision Anomaly event choice
Using ancient encryption discovered inside an abandoned relay station, this empire protects their secrets.
Asteroid Relay Stations Mod planet sensor range mult.png +2 Planet Sensor Range
Mod planet sensor range mult.png +2 Planet Hyperlane Detection Range
  • Asteroid Collision Anomaly event choice
This empire has started placing sensors inside asteroids of surrounding systems, granting them increased sensor range.
Minerals Mapping Mod resource minerals mult.png +10% Minerals from Jobs
  • Possible Inhabitants Anomaly event choice
A system enabling us to quickly chart underground terrain and accurately map mineral veins.
Transcended Consciousness Unity.png +5% Monthly Unity
  • Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
  • Gravity Well situation outcome
A fragment of our collective consciousness is lodged in the event horizon of a black hole, where a single second stretches into an eon. The time difference has its uses.
Radiation-Hardened Components Unity.png +5% Monthly Unity
Mod country all tech research speed.png +5% Research Speed
  • Geomagnetic Storm situation outcome
Our empire perfected the process of shielding mechanical components from the damage caused by cosmic rays.
Hive Harrier Damage +25% Damage to the Asteroid Hives
  • Asteroid Hives alive and awakened
  • Purchasing advice from the Curators (−2000 Energy.png Energy)
Updated targeting data will allow our fleets to bombard Asteroid Hives where their surface armor is the most vulnerable. Leviathans.png
Draconic Beats Damage +25% Damage to the Ether Drake
  • Ether Drake alive
  • Purchasing advice from the Curators (−1000 Energy.png Energy)
Military fleets have been instructed to fire at the Ether Drake in a specific rhythm when engaging the dragon. Leviathans.png
Dreadnought Dazzler Damage +25% Damage to the Automated Dreadnought Fleet commanders engaging the Automated Dreadnought have been instructed to target any subsystems that will impair its automation processes. Leviathans.png
Portal Pacifier Damage +25% Damage to the Dimensional Horror The portal spawned by the Dimensional Horror can be destabilized if we launch pinpoint attacks against certain weak areas. Leviathans.png
Stellar Drain Damage +25% Damage to the Stellar Devourer The Curators have instructed us to fire at the Stellar Devourer's regulatory valves in order to disperse its inner heat. Leviathans.png
The Infinite Calibrator Damage +25% Damage to the Infinity Machine The Infinity Machine's real-time threat update system has one weak spot. It cannot keep up with constant change. We will henceforth assign a crew member on each ship to constantly make calibrations to the ship guns. Leviathans.png
Technology of the Divine Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness Our people are praising the gigantic spherical calculator as a sign of the Divines' true power in the world. Leviathans.png
The Singularity Processor Mod country all tech research speed.png +5% Research Speed
  • Helping or successfully hacking the Infinity Machine
  • Already have the Tech sentient ai.png Positronic AI and Tech zero point power.png Zero Point Power technologies
A processing unit capable of expanding upon itself. This will further enhance our research capabilities. Leviathans.png
The Mirror of Knowledge Mod country all tech research speed.png +10% Research Speed We have gazed into the mirror universe of the Pantagruel black hole, enhancing our research capabilities. Leviathans.png
Spectral Residue Studies Research speed (Physics) +5% Physics Research Speed
Damage +5% Energy Weapons Damage
Energy.png +10% Energy from Jobs
Obtained by defeating the Spectral Wraith. Any of the three colors works. Leviathans.png
Ageless Mod leader age.png +15 years Leader lifespan
  • Essence of Ageless Science Nexus event
Aging less with Ageless... Utopia.png
Covenant: Composer of Strands Mod pop growth speed.png +20% Pop Growth Speed
Mod leader age.png +20 years Leader Lifespan
  • Shroud choice
We have formed a Covenant with a powerful being in the Shroud and now benefit from its patronage.
There will be a price to pay.
Utopia.png
Covenant: Eater of Worlds Mod army morale.png +30% Army Morale
Mod ship fire rate mult.png +15% Fire Rate
  • Shroud choice
We have formed a Covenant with a powerful being in the Shroud and now benefit from its patronage.
There will be a price to pay.
Utopia.png
Covenant: Instrument of Desire Mod pop resource output.png +10% Resources from Jobs
  • Shroud choice
We have formed a Covenant with a powerful being in the Shroud and now benefit from its patronage.
There will be a price to pay.
Utopia.png
Covenant: Whispers of the Void Mod country all tech research speed.png +15% Research Speed
Influence.png +15% Monthly influence
  • Shroud choice
We have formed a Covenant with a powerful being in the Shroud and now benefit from its patronage.
There will be a price to pay.
Utopia.png
Inoculated Population Mod pop growth speed.png +5% Pop Growth Speed
Mod leader age.png +10 years Leader lifespan
The inoculations given to us by the Ancient Caretakers have proven of immense benefit, reducing illness and increasing the life expectancy of our population. Synthetic Dawn.png
Improved Code Standards Robot resource output.png +5% Robot output The changes that the Ancient Caretakers made to our code base have turned out well, and has resulted in an permanent upgrade in resource production capabilities across our whole population. Synthetic Dawn.png
Matricidal Instinct Damage +25% Damage to the Tiyanki Matriarch There is a chink in the ancient Tiyanki Matriarch's armor, in the form of a massive unexploded proton torpedo lodged in her hide. Our fleets know how to detonate it. Distant Stars.png
Protective Coating Damage +25% Damage to the Voidspawn
  • Voidspawn alive
  • Purchasing advice from the Curators (−1000 Energy.png Energy)
Heeding the Curators' advice, we have covered our ships in a coating that will protect them from the Voidspawn's corrosive spittle and spikes. Distant Stars.png
Scavenger Slayer Damage +25% Damage to the Scavenger Bot
  • Scavenger Bot alive
  • Purchasing advice from the Curators (−1000 Energy.png Energy)
The Scavenger was not built on any pre-engineered design. As a result, its ramshackle construction contains a number of structural weaknesses. Any fleet made aware of them could exploit this. Distant Stars.png
Asteroid Thrusters Mod ship speed mult.png +5% Sublight Speed
  • Origins lithoid.png Calamitous Birth origin
  • Asteroid in Orbit Anomaly event choice
Using ancient thrusters built for asteroids, this empire now moves faster. Lithoids.png
Secrets of the Baol Mod country terraforming cost.png −15% Terraforming cost
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the Baol Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the Baol to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
Secrets of the Cybrex Mod megastructure build speed.png +10% Megastructure research speed
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the Cybrex Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the Cybrex to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
Secrets of the First League Research speed (Engineering) +15% Industry research speed
Mod planet building build speed mult.png +10% Planet build speed
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the First League Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the First League to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
Secrets of the Irassians Research speed (society) +20% Biology research speed
Mod pop growth speed.png +5% Pop growth speed
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the Irassians Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the Irassians to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
Secrets of the Vultaum Research speed (Physics) +15% Computing research speed
Amenities.png +10% Amenities
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the Vultaum Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the Vultaum to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
Secrets of the Zroni Research speed (society) +10% Psionics research speed
  • Finishing the Delve into the Secrets of the Zroni Special Project
We have put the ancient knowledge of the Zroni to our own use. Ancient Relics.png
The Chosen of Zarqlan Spiritualist.png +10% Spiritualist Ethics Attraction
  • R severed head.png Head of Zarqlan Relic
As the chosen people of Zarqlan we can safely colonize Holy Worlds. Ancient Relics.png
A Life Worthwhile Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness Ever since the archaeological uncovering of an alien memorial stone, the empire's population have started to appreciate life a bit more. Ancient Relics.png
Oracle Unity.png +10% Monthly Unity The Oracle operates the empire like a well-oiled machine...when you oil her. Ancient Relics.png
Cheap Thrills Pop consumer goods upkeep −10% Pop Consumer Goods Upkeep
Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness
  • The Sentinels Archaeology map icon.png archaeology site
    "Replicate the Evermore" special project outcome choice
The Evermore, originally a virtual realm in which the digitized consciousnesses of aliens lived in eternal bliss, has been repurposed into a playground for the masses. Ancient Relics.png
Anthem of Aurora Energy.png +5% Monthly energy credits The science division has managed to reproduce the ethereal hymn "sung" by an encountered aurora borealis entity. All Energy production facilities now have harmonics systems that amplifies the yield. Ancient Relics.png
Modern Trench War Mod army health.png +20% Defense Army Health Archaeological discoveries from a planet once besieged by gargantuan snail-like creatures has led to new and effective insight on how to utilise the environment for protection. This will improve the survivability of our armies in defensive combat against all ground assaults - even from giant space slugs! Ancient Relics.png
Killer Microorganism Mod army damage mult.png +50% Army Damage
Mod army collateral damage mult.png +100% Army collateral damage
Our armies go into battle armed with a microorganism capable of devouring the life tissue of any being with verocious speed. Of course, they cannot entirely guarantee the safety of innocent bystanders as a result of its use... Ancient Relics.png
Shallarian Terraforming Knowledge Mod country terraforming cost.png −10% Terraforming cost
Mod country terraform speed mult.png +20% Terraforming Speed
The ancient Shallarian nation is long-extinct, but their unparalleled knowledge of terraforming lives on in us." Ancient Relics.png
Rudari Death Laser Mod ship weapon damage.png +5% Energy weapons damage
Mod ship weapon range mult.png +5% Ship weapons range
As their civilization crumbled under the onslaught of enemy forces, the Rudari attempted to create a laser weapon capable of being deployed at interstellar range. Although they failed in this endeavor, their research has proved extremely useful to our own weapons specialists. Ancient Relics.png
Forced Mindfulness Unity.png +5% Monthly unity
  • Any Other Rock Archaeology map icon.png archaeology site outcome
  • 66% chance
  • Not Gestalt consciousness.png Gestalt Consciousness
During their time trapped in a deadly, lava-filled maze, our archaeology team developed a routine of mindful relaxation. The fundamental principles of this exercise is now commonly known throughout the empire. Ancient Relics.png
Glory to the Many Unity.png +5% Monthly unity An expedition marooned inside a maze full of lava temporarily lost touch with the Hive Mind. Unable to rely on the collective consciousness they suffered a brief encounter with the dreaded notion of Self; a terrifying experience that only strengthened the contempt for individualism. Ancient Relics.png
Debug Subroutine Unity.png +5% Monthly unity
  • Any Other Rock Archaeology map icon.png archaeology site outcome
  • 66% chance
  • Auth machine intelligence.png Machine Intelligence
While temporarily isolated in a maze full of lava, our archaeology units were disconnected from the network and unable to perform their function. They developed an algorithm that allowed them to run a debug subroutine while in sleep mode. This subroutine was later uploaded and patched in to the main system. Ancient Relics.png
Spurred by the Past Unity.png +5% Monthly unity
Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness
Mod country all tech research speed.png +5% Research Speed
Mod pop government ethic attraction.png +10% Governing Ethics Attraction
  • Origins one the shoulders of giant.png On the Shoulders of Giants Archaeology map icon.png Archaeological Site chain
The revelation of our true past sparks motivation and a sense of purpose in our entire species. Federations
Full Circle Unity.png +10% Monthly unity
Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness
Mod country all tech research speed.png +5% Research Speed
Mod pop government ethic attraction.png +20% Governing Ethics Attraction
Influence.png +0.5 Monthly influence
  • Origins one the shoulders of giant.png On the Shoulders of Giants origin conclusion
  • 80% chance
Our empire may forever enjoy the sense of purpose and closure we acquired by helping the Benefactors of our past. Federations
Goes Around, Comes Around Unity.png +10% Monthly unity
Mod pop happiness.png +5% Happiness
Mod country all tech research speed.png +5% Research Speed
Mod pop government ethic attraction.png +20% Governing Ethics Attraction
Influence.png +0.5 Monthly influence
  • Origins one the shoulders of giant.png On the Shoulders of Giants origin conclusion
  • 20% chance
Our empire is enjoying the positive effects from helping and forgiving an enemy of the past. Federations
Zombie Contract Manipulation Authoritarian.png +50% Authoritarian Ethics Attraction
  • Civic permanent employment.png Permanent Employment civic
  • 80-120 years have passed
  • Not Fanatic Authoritarian.pngAuthoritarian.png Authoritarian
This empire fiddled with their zombie workers' contracts so that it's actually impossible to get out of debt. Necroids.png
Imperial Charter Empire sprawl.png −25% Empire Size from Branch Offices
Trade value.png +10% Branch Office Value
  • Resolution imperial institutions.png Imperial Charter resolution
Our Imperial Charter gives us the right to open branch offices on planets throughout the Galactic Imperium, where we can establish Imperial Concession Ports. These branch office buildings generate income for both us and the ruler of the Galactic Imperium. Nemesis.png

Renewable modifiers[edit | edit source]

Renewable Empire Modifiers last as long as an empire can afford their upkeep costs.

Modifier Effects Source DLC
Resolution Passed Diplomatic weight.png +5% Diplomatic weight Proposed resolution passed
Resolution Failed Diplomatic weight.png −5% Diplomatic weight Proposed resolution did not pass
Ethic Promoted
  • Mod pop ethic shift.png +100% Chosen ethic attraction
  • Influence.png −2 Monthly influence
Promoting a faction
Ethic Suppressed
  • Mod pop ethic shift.png −75% Chosen ethic attraction
  • Influence.png −1 Monthly influence
Suppressing a faction
Additional Sacrifice: Bounty
  • Mod resource energy mult.png +6%/+12%/+18%/+24%/+30% Monthly energy credits
  • Mod resource minerals mult.png +6%/+12%/+18%/+24%/+30% Monthly minerals
Bounty sacrifice edict Necroids.png Necroids
Additional Sacrifice: Harmony Mod pop happiness.png +10%/+20%/+30%/+40%/+50% Happiness Harmony sacrifice edict Necroids.png Necroids
Additional Sacrifice: Togetherness Unity.png +6%/+12%/+18%/+24%/+30% Monthly unity Togetherness sacrifice edict Necroids.png Necroids
Muutagan Deal
  • Rare crystals.png +1/+2/+3/+4/+5 Monthly rare crystals
  • Energy.png −10/−20/−30/−40/−50 Monthly energy
Muutagan Merchant Guild Trader Enclave service Leviathans.png Leviathans
Riggan Deal
  • Volatile motes.png +1/+2/+3/+4/+5 Monthly volatile motes
  • Energy.png −10/−20/−30/−40/−50 Monthly energy
Riggan Commerce Exchange Trader Enclave service Leviathans.png Leviathans
Xuran Deal
  • Exotic gases.png +1/+2/+3/+4/+5 Monthly exotic gasses
  • Energy.png −10/−20/−30/−40/−50 Monthly energy
XuraCorp Trader Enclave service Leviathans.png Leviathans
Patron of the Arts Unity.png +10% Monthly unity Artist Enclave service Leviathans.png Leviathans
Curator Insight Mod country all tech research speed.png +10% Research speed Curator Enclave service Leviathans.png Leviathans
OR
Distant Stars.png Distant Stars

Unique empires[edit | edit source]

The following empires can appear during the game as a result of certain events. The species' climate preference will always match its homeworld.

Empire name Species Traits Homeworld Authority Ethics Civics Requirements
Flag human 9.png United Nations of Earth Human.png Human
  • Adaptive.png Adaptive
  • Nomadic.png Nomadic
  • Wasteful.png Wasteful
Planet continental.png Earth Auth democratic.png Democratic
  • Fanatic Egalitarian.png Fanatic Egalitarian
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Civic beacon of liberty.png Beacon of Liberty
  • Civic idealistic foundation.png Idealistic Foundation
Sol primitive civilization achieving FTL after spawning in Early Space Age
Flag blocky 21.png Awoken Synthetic dawn portrait fungoid.png Awoken Trait mechanical.png Mechanical Unknown.png Random Unknown.png Random
  • Fanatic Materialist.png Fanatic Materialist
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
Limbo event chain outcome
Flag zoological 10.png Subterranean Empire Unknown.png Random Unknown.png Random Unknown.png Random Unknown.png Random
  • Fanatic Militarist.png Fanatic Militarist
  • Authoritarian.png Authoritarian
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
Subterranean Civilization event chain outcome
Unknown.png Nivlac Circle Fungoid massive 15.png Nivlac
  • Quick Learners.png Quick Learners
  • Resilient.png Nivlac
Unknown.png Random Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
Impossible Organism event chain outcome
Flag spherical 8.png Namaria Avian slender 01.png Namarian
  • Natural Engineers.png Natural Engineers
  • Nomadic.png Nomadic
  • Venerable.png Venerable
Planet desert.png Random Auth democratic.png Democratic
  • Egalitarian.png Egalitarian
  • Spiritualist.png Spiritualist
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Unknown.png Random
  • Unknown.png Random
  • No.pngMegaCorp.png MegaCorp DLC not enabled
  • Nomad fleet offer
Flag zoological 12.png Ketling Star Pack Mammalian ratling.png Ketling
  • Trait psionic species.png Psionic
  • Thrifty.png Thrifty
  • Deviants.png Deviants
  • Fleeting.png Fleeting
  • Repugnant.png Repugnant
  • Slow Breeders.png Slow Breeders
Planet nuked.png Ruinous Core Auth oligarchic.png Oligarchic
  • Egalitarian.png Egalitarian
  • Pacifist.png Pacifist
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Civic functional architecture.png Functional Architecture
  • Civic mining guilds.png Mining Guilds
  • Distant Stars.png Junk Ratlings systems were discovered
  • Distant Stars.png At least one Junk Ratlings world was not claimed or invaded for a few decades
Flag domination 1.png Prikkiki-Ti Reptilian 16.png Prikki
  • Industrious.png Industrious
  • Decadent.png Decadent
  • Solitary.png Solitary
Planet desert.png Gish Unknown.png Random
  • Fanatic Xenophobe.png Fanatic Xenophobe
  • Militarist.png Militarist
  • Civic fanatic purifiers.png Fanatic Purifiers
  • Civic cutthroat politics.png Cutthroat Politics
Distant Stars.png Time Loop anomaly event outcome

Imperial Fiefdom empires[edit | edit source]

The Origins imperial fiefdom.png Imperial Fiefdom origin will generate a unique overlord and between 1 and 4 unique vassals depending on galaxy size. After 35 years have passed since the game start the vassals will offer to become a subject to the origin empire if they have Inferior relative power towards it. Accepting will grant a small reward.

Position Homeworld class Authority Ethics Civics Diplomatic stance First contact protocol Subjugation reward Min. galaxy size
Diplomacy hasvassal.png Overlord Planet gaia.png Gaia Imperial Imperial
  • Materialist.png Materialist
  • Militarist.png Militarist
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Civic feudal realm.png Feudal Society
  • Civic byzantine bureaucracy.png Byzantine Bureaucracy
Diplomatic stance cooperative.png Cooperative Contact friendly.png Proactive No.png None Tiny
Diplomacy isvassal.png Vassal Planet arid.png Arid Auth dictatorial.png Dictatorial
  • Fanatic Materialist.png Fanatic Materialist
  • Authoritarian.png Authoritarian
  • Civic technocracy.png Technocracy
  • Civic slaver guilds.png Slaver Guilds
Diplomatic stance isolationist.png Isolationist Contact hostile.png Aggressive Engineering research Engineering Research Tiny
Diplomacy isvassal.png Vassal Planet continental.png Continental Auth dictatorial.png Dictatorial
  • Fanatic Militarist.png Fanatic Militarist
  • Spiritualist.png Spiritualist
  • Civic warrior culture.png Warrior Culture
  • Civic distinguished admiralty.png Distinguished Admiralty
Diplomatic stance cooperative.png Cooperative Contact isolationist.png Cautious Influence.png Influence Small
Diplomacy isvassal.png Vassal Planet arctic.png Arctic Auth dictatorial.png Dictatorial
  • Fanatic Spiritualist.png Fanatic Spiritualist
  • Xenophobe.png Xenophobe
  • Civic exalted priesthood.png Exalted Priesthood
  • Civic philosopher king.png Philosopher King
Diplomatic stance isolationist.png Isolationist Contact isolationist.png Cautious Unity.png Unity Medium
Diplomacy isvassal.png Vassal Planet ocean.png Ocean
  • Auth corporate.png Corporate with Megacorp DLC
  • Auth oligarchic.png Oligarchic without Megacorp DLC
  • Fanatic Materialist.png Fanatic Materialist
  • Xenophile.png Xenophile
  • Civic free traders.png Free Traders with Megacorp DLC
  • Civic ruthless competition.png Ruthless Competition with Megacorp DLC
  • Civic corporate dominion.png Corporate Dominion without Megacorp DLC
  • Civic meritocracy.png Meritocracy without Megacorp DLC
Diplomatic stance mercantile.png Mercantile Contact friendly.png Proactive Energy.png Energy Large

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