Frontier politics represent the informal governing arrangements made in early colonies, before populations reach levels requiring more advanced forms of government. The ad hoc and disorganized nature of the system, however, results in a significant amount of inefficiency.
Police States use oppressive martial law and covert "secret police" to keep its citizens in line. However, the heavy-handed domestic policies minimize the resources available for conflict abroad.
Prerequisite: Doctrine: Loyalty
Democracies allow citizens to participate in government, and forgo oppression and the stability it confers in favor of local government and civil liberties. Decentralized government increases efficiency while freedom of thought improves research efforts, but the emphasis on personal freedoms and governmental transparency reduce the effectiveness of police forces and covert operations.
Prerequisite: Ethical Calculus
Fundamentalist politics unite a society behind a strong, dogmatic religion. Evangelizing the populace can create loyal, even fanatical military forces, and the focus on traditional values results in faster population growth, but technological research tends to suffer under the continual assaults on intellectual integrity associated with such regimes.
Prerequisite: Social Psych
Simple Economics describes the informal, ad hoc economy which develops in the early years of planetfall, before more organized economic systems can be put in place. The disorganized nature of this system results in weakened economic output.
Free Market Economics turns market forces loose on society. Unfettered market economics can produce great wealth quickly, but draw resources that would otherwise go into military support. Also, citizens rendered suddenly poor by the actions unscrupulous moguls may revolt against their energy-fattened masters.
Prerequisite: Industrial Economics
A semi-market economy kept in check by fierce governmental regulation, Planned Economics promotes stable industrial growth and can allocate significant resources to military support, but sacrifices efficiency.
Prerequisite: Planetary Networks
Green Economics strive to integrate sentient progress with the needs of the biosphere. Green economies produce a significant focus on technological development and tend to avoid the excesses of industrial development which could provoke Planet's native life, but industrial output naturally suffers as a result of conservationist restrictions.
Prerequisite: Centauri Empathy
Survival is of course the all-encompassing first priority of early human space colonies. However, the focus on the day-to-day struggle against the elements limits population growth.
Leaders seeking Productivity will invest their resources in facilities and institutions promoting population growth and industrial output. They achieve rapid growth and development, but produce significant amounts of pollution as a byproduct. Furthermore, the industrious focus on practicality and the "here-and-now" weakens research efforts.
Prerequisite: Industrial Automation
Leaders seeking Secuirty build strong, well-paid military and police forces to enforce their will. But Economic infrastructure may suffer from bloated "defense" budgets.
Prerequisite: Advanced Military Algorithms
Leaders seeking progress will pour resources into education, research, and economic infrastructure. This will result in faster technological development and a stronger economy, but the higher emphasis on quality of life and family planning will slow population growth.
"None", or no Future Society, simply means that your society has not
yet evolved to a far future society. No bonuses or penalties apply.
In the far future, citizens may turn many of the tasks of governing society over to artificially intelligent computers, increasing economic and military efficiency while freeing humans for more creative endeavors. But will workers continually displaced by unfeeling computers sink into despair, poverty, and possible unrest?
Prerequisite: Digital Sentience
Perhaps the most pleasant to contemplate living in, this far future society takes its name from an ancient Greek word for fulfillment and happiness. Eudaimonic society encourages each citizen to achieve happiness through striving to fulfill completely his or her potential. Population and the Economy experience healthy growth, and society seeks a greater equilibrium with the environment of Planet. Violence fades as society grows more tolerant and just, and even when this society's hand is forced it often shoots to subdue rather than to destroy.
The ultimate in "Big Brother" methods, Thought Control effuses subtle neurochemical triggers into the atmosphere to render its population obedient, loyal, and resistant to outside ideas and turning the workforce into tireless, obedient drones. However, such a system sacrifices a great deal of efficiency in order to maintain control.
Prerequisite: The Will to Power