That really DOES sound like a good game, and yes, I agree with you....certain leader personalities and attitudes just seem to GO better with certain faction benefits. I think randomization really could throw the AI for a loop! (Anybody care to run Miriam as though they were the UoP? Or play Yang like Morgan? LOL :-) )
You'll enjoy Transcend....even with (or perhaps because of) the AI cheats built into the level, it feel uncannily "real" at times. :-) And I agree with you....I'm having as much fun with it now as I did the day I got it.....A good game indeed!