This is going to be a story about a game of Civ: BE I played as the Kavithan Protectorate (I purchased BE: RT on a roommate's advice and found it better than other people were saying). You can see the mods I used here (I edited some of them a little, right now I merged most of them in my personal modmod). In particular, I slightly softened the Social Engineering diplomacy penalties, since they resulted in many early pointless long-distance wars between the AI, and changed the AI flavors for greater diversity and appropriateness of their social engineering choices. I also picked Frenzied Aliens and No City Razing, since I found that the AI often handicaps itself by razing valuable real estate. The difficulty level is Soyuz (now I play on the additional level between Soyuz and Apollo). The new planet looked harsh and unhospitable. Strange insects and corals permeated the landscape. But the colonists were sure that with their leader, Kavitha, they would go though, for did she not possess the secrets of true spiritual enlightment? Kavitha the Prescient knew about the resource pods sent to the planet ahead of their arrival. The people hailed her benevolence as energy storage healed their homes during the planet's long, cold winters. The explorers were afraid of large, scaly beasts lurking in the planet's waters. But Kavitha the Compassionate conforted her people, saying that all life is sacred, and there's no point in being afraid of something holy. Kavitha the Non-Violent was disgusted by the actions of vigilante militias. She ordered to release the arrested scientist immediately, saying that study of alien life can open new spiritual truths an revelations. Kavitha the Wise took interest in genetic research, for she knew it could alleviate the suffering of her people. Kavitha the Perceptive did not like the mechanical, anti-spiritual approach to life of the Pan-Asian Cooperative and their Secretary-Architect. How could they not understand that all research in the world is pointless without knowing your inner spirit? Kavitha the Aesthete saw the beauty in strange blueish animals inhabiting the land. Kavitha the Prudent understood that her Protectorate wouldn't be able to build a Dome for a long time, but she kept the eventual need for it in her mind. Kavitha the Dominant understood that you need a certain degree of pressure in order to see into spiritual mysteries, placing her realm on the way to the social values of Dominance. (Note that Defense Sciencies is second-level virtue, so this screenshot shows Kavitha picking the more prosaic first one). Kavitha the Moderate understood that there's nothing wrong with private enterprise, yet the sheer single-mindedness of ARC's CEO Fielding annoyed her. Kavitha the Inquisitive ordered the Protectorate scientists to research the alien lifeforms more closely. As expended, the arrogant PAC did not appreciate the Kavithan Protectorate founding additional settlements. It was massively hypocritical of PAC, since it was expanding on its own. That's, at least, what Kavitha's followers thought. - A trade depot, is, first of all, a depot. -From Kavitha's Practical Aphorisms Of course, Kavitha preferred cooperation with the civil industry, rather than with military. Focusing on the military too much would upset the spiritual balance of the realm. KP scientists strive to fulfill Kavitha's instructions, utilizing every method at their disposal. KP explorers also do their part. Everyone has its own place in the Kavithan Protectorate social harmony. Indeed, it is harmony that was the guiding principle of the Kavithan Protectorate. Harmony in society, harmony with the environment. But wishing to maintain harmony with the environment doesn't preclude the desire to learn more about it. On the contrary, it is though piercing the veil of the new planet's mysteries we will be able to unite with it.