Civilization: Beyond Earth Leader Roundup: Firaxis Releases Profiles And Bonuses For All Eight Faction Leaders

By Connor Sears , Updated Sep 09, 2014 10:29 AM EDT

Yesterday, Firaxis released the eighth and final leader profile for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. The profiles give us an idea of what these leaders stand for and who they represent, and we've been able to sneak a peak at each of their leader bonuses thanks to Firaxis' weekly live gameplay demo. So if you're still wondering who you want to take with you on your maiden voyage into the great unknown, maybe a quick breakdown can help.

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Suzanne Marjorie Fielding has risen up through the corporate world to become CEO of American Reclamation Corporation and represents North America in the troupe of colonists settling a new world. Whereas other leaders might be leading this interplanetary expedition in the name of some government, Fielding represents the private enterprise sector. She refers to present-day enterprise figures like Elon Musk and Richard Branson to illustrate what she is trying to do: Show the U.S. government that the private sector can advance science more quickly and more efficiently. The ARC's in-game special ability increase the capabilities of your spies, letting them finish operations more quickly and generating more Intrigue.

Daoming Sochua is a scientist who is arduously campaigning for an interstellar colonization program in the Pan-Asian Cooperative, representing East Asia in the game. While the rest of the PAC council members are hesitant to send out a colonization team, preferring to stay closer to the status quo, Sochua is adamant that refusing to expand beyond Earth will mean a death sentence for the Cooperative. With four PhDs, Sochua represents the academic motivations for space travel. The PAC's in-game ability allows Workers to complete tasks faster and Wonders to be built more quickly.

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Samatar Jama Barre is a leader in the People's African Union, representing the African continent on the new planet. After centuries of African colonization and giving into the unfair trade demands of Western powers, Barre is ready for a new start for the African people. On this new planet, Barre will make sure Africa is no longer a place where foreign businesspeople come for cheap materials and resources. It will take an active role in leading the new world. The African Union's in-game ability increases cities' food when the nation is healthy, allowing for greater population growth.

Kavitha Thakur claims to be a 200-year-old mystic and is a non-governmental leader of the people in the Kavithan Protectorate, representing India. Thakur is a religious leader that has inspired her people with her plans of space travel. India has been left more impoverished than most countries after whatever great event forced so many to leave Earth in search of a new home. Instead of a population on the verge of riot, however, the men and women of the Protectorate are entranced and inspired by Thakur's space travel program. The Protectorate's in-game ability hastens Outposts' development into new cities, letting you expand your territory faster.

Commander Rejinaldo Leonardo Pedro Bolivar de Alencar-Araripe is a military leader of Brasilia, representing South America. Bolivar is leading a regiment of hand-picked soldiers specially trained in manufacturing and production in preparation for their arrival on an uninviting planet. As a military leader, Bolivar's in-game bonus is a percentage buff to units' combat strength, simple but effective.

Elodie is a writer from Franco-Iberia, the game's representation of Western Europe. Quite unlike other leaders heading to a new world, Elodie is concerned with culture and the arts. For her, this expedition is a test to see if humanity and human culture can exist independent of Earth. Maybe not quite as practical as bringing an army, but each leader has his or her own priorities. Franco-Iberia's in-game bonus grants them free technology every time a certain number of Virtues is completed.

Vadim Kozlov is a renowned cosmonaut from the Slavic Federation, representing Eastern Europe. Back in the 1950s and 60s, the Russians became the first superpower to send a satellite, and then a man, into space. In later years, the Russians continued this streak of space race firsts by being the first nation to settle an extraterrestrial colony. Now, the united Slavic Federation is sending a team led by Kozlov onto a new planet to enter a new age of space exploration. The Slavic Federation's in-game bonus makes using the new Orbital Layer easier and more rewarding.

Hutama is a populist leader from Polystralia, representing the South Pacific. Hutama began his career demanding transparency and equality from his government, becoming a popular figure among the people and a media darling to boot. Now, the flames of his political career have died down, and he serves as the less-than-enthusiastic appointed leader of the Freeland project, which will put Polystralian citizens on a new planet to try to make a better life. Hutama jokes that building a good brewery on the new planet is the No. 1 priority of the new settlement. Polystalia's in-game ability increases the number of Trade Routes cities can send.

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth is set to hit PCs on October 24.

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