Emperor Personalities and Objectives: Leader personalties
strongly modify reactions to a diplomatic situations. Xenophobes,
for example, always react harshly to negative diplomacy and reduce
the effects of positive actions such as tribute. Pacifists will
sooner sue for peace after war is declared.
Every time a new game is created, the leaders from each race are
endowed with personality traits and objectives that will dictate
how they will develop their star systems, what types of technology
will be emphasized, and how they will react to certain diplomatic
situations. Each race has certain tendencies for leader personalities,
and leaders may change through the course of a game.
The personality of the leader reflects the emperor’s diplomatic
outlook when dealing with neighboring races:
• Ruthless leaders attack with little or
no provocation and are quite willing to sacrifice starships and
people to achieve their goals.
• Erratic leaders are totally unpredictable.
One year they may be peaceful and non-violent, while the next year
they will go to war over any little excuse.
• Aggressive leaders will attack any time
they are put in a favorable situation.
• Pacifistic leaders are eager to maintain
peaceful relations even after being attacked.
• Honorable leaders will never attack anyone
that they are on good terms with. However, they will react twice
as strongly to unprovoked attacks and sabotage.
• Xenophobic leaders hate everyone, halving
the effects of positive diplomacy and doubling the diplomatic effects
of hostile actions.
The leader’s objectives determine how the emperor will allocate
resources and focus technological research:
• Diplomats concentrate resources on trade
with allies and espionage with enemies. Otherwise they seek a balance
between military buildup, ecological maintenance, and technological
• Militarists seek to develop new and innovative
weapons technology. They will build and maintain a large star fleet
at all times.
• Technologists will focus resources on the
development of new technology with little emphasis placed on any
one single area.