What does leaving Earth mean for the future of humanity? Civilization: Beyond Earth's Affinity system adds yet another layer of depth to the Civilization equation by rewarding players for playing with a specific overarching philosophy that attempts to answer the above question in mind. Players gain affinity points by researching technologies and making quest decisions that align with the direction they believe humanity should take as a species that's transcended Earth. That said, beyond the philosophical considerations, there are also a number of strategic aspects associated with the pursuit of a given Affinity for Civ players to think about.
Supremacy is one of the three affinities in Civilization: Beyond Earth. They focus on improving technology and improving themselves with cybernetics in order to be able to survive the harshest of environments on the new planet regardless of outside conditions. The ultimate goal of pure Supremacists is to eventually ascend into a massive digital consciousness and return to Earth in order to free the humans there from their organic bodies and bring about a new age of digital and mechanical immortality. Their resource specialization is Firaxite.
Supremacy units the most machine-like of the three Affinities. They develop sophisticated AI, make widespread use of autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic systems, and in general go the way of bionics, augmentation and merging human and machine. They employ this philosophy not only in their armies, but also in civilian matters, improving their everyday life with devices such as bionic organs, augmented limbs and interface links which allow them to merge their consciousness into an advanced collective intelligence.
General Strategy ( Supremacy
Supremacy military strategy utilizes a large amount of robotic infantry and "walker" style vehicles and follows the general strategy of grouping together units for various formation- based bonuses or configuring units for specific tasks; Tacjets can become exceptionally effective at seizing air superiority and keeping it with substantial air sweep and air intercept bonuses and the ablity to conduct two interceptions in a single turn, Combat Rovers can eventually be upgraded to have a total of a 50% flanking bonus along with a 20% adjacency bonus or ignore zones of control, The SABR excells at smashing city fortifications, being the only unit in the game that starts with a range of 3; The CNDR can be either a highly resilient defensive unit or flexible multipurpose unit, The CARVR is a powerful frontline melee combat robot and Supremacy's ultimate unit the ANGEL has the ability to walk over cavernous terrain and costs fewer strategic resources than the other affinities' counterparts. Their resource specialization is Firaxite.
Supremacy Bonuses ( Supremacy)
First, let's examine the Supremacy affinity bonuses, which the player achieves after acquiring a given number of Affinity points.
Level 1 ( Supremacy)
Explorers can build one additional expedition before having to recharge the rover.: The ability to embark on an additional expedition before having to recharge the rover is a highly effective early game perk that can net the player substantial resources at a faster rate than their opponents.
Level 3 ( Supremacy)
Magrails and Roads sustain themselves, requiring no Energy upkeep.: Magrails and roads are highly effective means of sharing resources between disparate cities, but at a cost -- if you're a Supremacy player, however, you can ignore their upkeep penalty entirely as soon as you reach Supremacy level 3. This allows you to use your energy elsewhere and further incentivizes connecting cities.
Level 6 ( Supremacy)
Orbital intelligence and coverage of all Firaxite planet wide.: Having toruble finding that precious Firaxite? This perk will help with that.
Level 8 ( Supremacy)
Four Firaxite stockpiles.: Firaxite is the affinity resource associated with Supremacy and it helps players build construct tile improvements, buildings, and units. Using this valuable resource bonus as leverage during diplomatic negotiations is another approach that players may find beneficial.
Level 11 ( Supremacy)
The Sabotage Covert Operation is unlocked: Now that you're really starting to understand how technology operates on this new world, you're ready to do some real damage. This perk allows Supremacy operatives to detonate an electromagnetic bomb within a city in order to destroy the electronics of improvements within four tiles of the city, seriously hampering progress (this can be highly effective during mid-game wartime.)
Level 13 ( Supremacy)
The secrets of Space-Time warping are unlocked, allowing for the construction of the Emancipation Gate and the eventual enlightening of all mankind.: Players pursuing the Emancipation victory need to meet a number of requirements (which will be delineated below), one of which is the construction of the Emancipation Gate wonder. "Enlightenment" might be a bit of a stretch, but hey, to each their own, I suppose.
Technologies ( Supremacy)
Players looking to gain Supremacy points need to research the right technologies. As with the other affinities, researching these technologies often provide bonuses that align well with a Harmony play-style, though players should still be careful to research them in an order that makes sense with the circumstances of a given match in mind.
The following technologies will provide players with a Supremacy XP bonus.:
- Autonomous Systems
- Synthetic Thought
- Hypercomputing (Required for an Emancipation victory)
- Neural Uploading
- Power Systems
- Tactical Robotics
- Collaborative Thought
- Climate Control
- Alien Materials
Emancipation ( Supremacy)Supremacy affinity, and consists in returning to Earth and establishing 'order', meaning that humans that do not agree with the Supremacy perspective on Earth are forced to comply, by any means. The player builds a Warp Gate back to Earth and must send 1000 Strength's worth of units to establish 'order', or to presumably in some way control Earth.
- Research Orbital Networks and build a Lasercom Satellite to reestablish communication with Earth.
- Achieve Supremacy level 13, research Hypercomputing, and build the Emancipation Gate planetary wonder, to end Humanity on Earth.
- Send 1000 Strength worth of Units through the gate.
- Note: only 1 unit is allowed through the gate each turn, and of course this unit has to be a land unit (no sea or air units allowed). This means that the more powerful each single unit that is send, the faster the victory will be achieved. On the other hand, it also means that as you progress towards victory, your army will gradually weaken, so be prepared to fend off any last minute attacks and/or defend the Gate!
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