1. Nations you control
2. Orgs your councilors control
3. Space labs
1. Research in countries depends on the following
You want the first three as high as possible and unrest as low as possible. The ideal value for cohesion though, is 5. Note that the knowledge priority boosts only education, government and cohesion. Other priorities can also help your research. Economy increases your GDP, military lowers unrest, and welfare also lowers unrest via lowering inequality. Unity can also help increase research, sometimes actually more so than knowledge itself, since it boosts cohesion much quicker, which also helps lower unrest. When your cohesion is very low, prioritize unity over knowledge. Spoils is the absolute worst for research output, lowering many of those quantities. Don’t run spoils in your research focused countries
2. There’s not much to say about orgs and councilors, other than that it’s an important source of research in the early game but becomes less important later.
3. There’s a whole bunch of modules that grant research points and bonuses to research. These are very useful later in the game, but the only tier 1 models that are really worth the while are the xenology labs, which grant 10% bonus to xenoscience research. The others grant a measly 3% and only a few research points so feel free to not build them if you don’t think they’re important for your gameplan. We’ll talk about the tier 2 research modules in the next section.
4. Okay, I lied, there’s another important source of research income, one that’s hidden away in the tooltips and not explained properly in the tutorial. If you put research priority into multiple techs and projects, you get bonus research. You only need to put one priority point to get the boost. It’s quite a significant boost as well. Therefore I recommend that you put at least one point in any tech that matters to you, unless there’s a project that you really want to finish quickly.
Now let’s talk about technologies. Technologies are global, everybody puts points towards them and they benefit everybody, so not every tech will give you an advantage. However, if you put more research into them you will have a better chance at obtaining the associated projects quickly. You also get to pick the next tech if you invested the maximum. Also, if you’re anti-alien, you have an interest in improving tech so that you can match the alien technology. However, if you’re playing as the servants, it can be an interesting strategy to only rarely invest in technology just to keep everybody behind the aliens. Alternatively with enough research you can try to lock out key technologies by putting more research than anybody else into all techs.
Most techs also don’t give any advantages by themselves. To get the benefits, you want to be looking at the associated projects. Since it’s very hard to see the project details in the interface, and in some like ship modules you get almost no information before you actually unlock the project, make sure you read the rest of the guide to understand what to prioritize
- Supporting your earth-based operations
- Unlocking techs necessary for space mining
- Faction Projects
1. There’s really only one very important project in this category – Clandestine Operations, which allows you to recruit your fifth councilor. A fifth councilor just allows you to do more of everything. This is probably your most urgent early game priority. You get it from the We Are Not Alone tech. Make sure you prioritize that. Another tech to notice here is Deep Space Skywatch. When you research it, the Academy will suffer a crackdown in half of their control points. Try to time it so that you can take the most advantage out of it.
2. Space mining is your first space priority. Don’t bother using your boost on anything else until you get at least a bit of mining online. This will require you to research Mission to the Moon, Outpost Habs, and Space Mining and Refining. These will unlock mining on the moon, outposts (which is where you put your mines), and the mining module, respectively. Make sure you actually research the projects for these modules. After you get these you’ll be able to mine the moon. However, the moon will not have all the resources you need, so next you should research Mission to Mars and Fission in Space. Fission in space unlocks the fission pile, which will make it much easier to get the necessary energy on Mars. When you’re getting the “Mission to x” techs, make sure you have some boost ready to send a probe and then snatch the most lucrative mining spots before your competitors can. Sometimes you will want to wait until you actually have enough boost. Another incredibly important project is nuclear freighters (Solid Core Fission Systems), which will greatly reduce boost costs. Reusable rockets (Advanced Chemical Rocketry) is another important one in getting your boost income nice and high
3. Faction projects are those that are not related to a certain tech and usually are tied with some objective. Make sure to complete those. They will also be there later, but I will not mention them anymore in this guide, as you’ll pretty much always want them. One specific project worth mentioning is Defend the Earth, which allows you to control significantly more countries, which is very useful.
There’s also a whole bunch of shipbuilding techs in the early game tree. Don’t bother with those yet. It’s going to be years before you will need to develop your first ship.
I’ve underlined the important early game techs and their prerequisites in the tech tree below.
- Get tier 2 space holdings
- Build a few ships to take down an alien ship
- Support Operations on earth
- Faction Projects
1. Tier 2 space holdings can really help boost your progress, especially your technological progress. You start by unlocking the bases with the Orbitals and Space Habitat techs. These will also unlock projects that give you the tier 2 energy generation modules. Useful tier 2 modules are
- Skunkworks, unlocked by Advanced Neural Networks. These are incredibly important as they accelerate all of your projects, and having just one of them opens a new project slot. Important note: DO NOT BUILD SKUNKWORKS IN EARTH ORBIT. Having them there allows enemy councilors to target them to sabotage or steal your technology. I got myself in a situation where I couldn’t make any technological progress because other factions were continuously sabotaging me.
- Research labs, unlocked by Space Research. They give a really nice tech boost.
- The various research centers, unlocked by Directed Space Research. Much stronger than the tier 1 versions.
- Nanofactories, for accelerated building
- Shipyards, for building ships quicker
- Layered Defense Array, if you’re going to start aggroing the aliens you will need to start building those at some point.
To support your budding space industry, you’ll also want Mission to the inner planets, where you can build much more efficient bases due to the large amount of energy per solar collector.
2. Ships are complicated. There are so many different modules it’s very easy to lose track. Let’s start with the basics. Don’t research ship parts you don’t need. There are plenty of underpowered, obslete, or otherwise unnecessary modules you will encounter. Only research those that give you something actually better. Let’s talk about the ship components you’ll need to research.
- Drive. Most early game drives are just too bad to reliably move your ships around. The best drive available at this point is clearly the Grid Drive, unlocked by high energy electrostatic propulsion.
- Battery. From my experience, batteries are not very important. Ships usually don’t use up all their battery, and batteries are light anyways. However if you find yourself with a nice battery project, go ahead
- Radiator. Not the most important component, and the starting ones will do for a while.
- Power Plant. The Solid Core Fission Reactor will carry you a long way. There’s 6 iterations, which will unlock after you’ve researched the previous version. You get them from Solid Core Fission Systems
- Armor. Advanced Carbon Manipulation will unlock the composite Armor, then Carbon Nanotubes will unlock the Nanotube armor. Both are big improvements over previous armor, so you don’t need to both with much else.
- Weapons. There’s three categories of weapons, and you could write a whole guide on them. However, the short version is that if you want to fight aliens, you want either missiles or lasers. Aliens are too fast for magnetic weapons. Pick a weapon type and stick to it. After you research it, you’ll get a ton of different projects opened. Prioritize the small weapons that only take 1 nose/hull points. Even for bigger ships you can just put several smaller weapons with barely any penalty. Make sure you also unlock some kind of point defense module, such as the point defense laser or the autocannon, as these are great for shooting down alien projectiles.
- Utility Modules. The most important ones are the lithium heat sink (Advanced Heat Management Concepts), which will allow your ships to be lighter, the magazine (Unlocked easily with starter techs), but only if you’re going for missiles, and the marine unit (militarization of space) if you want to assault enemy habs.
3. Most of the social science and operations-related technologies are actually quite weak. However, there’s a few really good ones. Global Command Structure comes from Independence Movements and significantly decreases control point costs. Cybernetic Implants, from Cybernetics is also very useful, it unlocks augmentations which can give all your councilors +1 to most stats for a decent price.
4. Nothing much to say here, just research them as they come.
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