No, this isn’t an original sci-fi philosophical essay about the rise and fall of mankind. This is a space opera-ish entry about one of my first ‘serious’ playthrough of this genius game from Stardock Software.
Prologue: The Rise of Mankind
Mankind had humble beginning. For thousands of years, spacefaring races were stuck for traveling between stargates, left behind by a race of precursor that suddenly disappeared and left their artifacts scattered all around the galaxy.
Until one day, mankind invented Hyperdrive. Mankind traveled alone, colonized some nearest planet, and finally, found that they’re not alone.
The hyperdrive became mankind’s invitation into the galaxy society. There are more than a handful spacefaring species on the galaxy. But there are 5 main species that join together on a loose, uneasy Galactic Forum that control most of the Galaxy.
Terran Alliance. Finally banded together, Mankind is one of the most recent entry to the galactic club. They found the Hyperdrive that allow everyone to travel faster than light. Curious and adventurous, mankind is the trader and diplomat on the galaxy.
Altarian Republic. Not related to human, but misteriously had the same appearance with mankind. The most advanced and powerful species on the galaxy, they called human as their ‘less advanced cousin’ and look at them with a bit pity and pride.
The Drengin Empire. Hateful, militaristic species that sadly, mankind’s closest neighbor in the Galaxy. They saw Human as a pathetic, almost laughable weak young species.
The Arceans. A misterious, prideful warrior species and the first extraterrestrial species that human came into contact with. They feel a certain… competitive feeling toward the Altarian.
The Torian Confederation. Once a peaceful civilization, they became enslaved by The Drengin for thousands of years. Finally freed themself, they became a suspicious and xenophobic and distanced themselves from the other civilization.
As mankind were late in the galactic club, they’ve got certain disadvantages. Their technology were a lot less advanced than the rest of the club. But slowly mankind