Originally posted by korn469
Hey how are you? It's hard to believe that almost eight years later I still find the SMAC back story fascinating. I'd say it's one of the best game stories ever.
I think that the period of time between the two PB exchanges should be small, without any minor spasms caused by PBs. Though I think that Planet's emerging intelligence coupled with ecodamage should have produced some localized minor spasms which resulted in a few devastated cities. More like major natural disasters than a global catastrophe. I could see the Gaians beginning to understand what's happening, then start to develop ways of harnessing their know of Planet. When I played the Spartans I would often run a combination of Police State/Free Market/Knowledge (+2 Support, +2 Morale, +2 Economy, +2 Research, -1 Efficiency, -1 Industry, -2 Police, -2 Probe, -3 Planet). So if this was the case along with the Gaians going green there could be a big discrepancy between the two. The Spartans could have feared that the Gaians were going to get a significant military advantage from captured mind worms. Finally the Spartans carry out a series of mostly tactical PB strikes against PK/Gaian military targets. Obviously they would destroy some cities, but their objective was to conquer not annihilate the alliance.
As they begin to overwhelm the alliance after this surprise PB strike, the UoP and Hive strike back at the Spartans in a fairly massive PB reprisal. The Spartans launch counter strikes against them. This UoP/Hive (who are enemies and maybe they launched strikes against each other) strike seriously damages Spartan territory, though both of those factions suffer as well. However they are more intact. Although wounded, the Spartans are still mopping up the Alliance, ultimately preparing to get revenge on both the Hive and UoP. At this time then the Gaians try to invoke Planet to defend them from the Spartans. This action coupled with the massive damage from the recent PB attacks results in the Spasm. Mind worms devastate most of humanity, but Planet who wasn't ready to flower into full intelligence yet goes fairly silence after the Spasm. The Splinter factions appear in the chaos. Then finally the Hive begins to recover and enslave all of its weaker neighbors.