A faction from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri. They are trying to live in harmony with the new planet. They respect the native life, thus gaining a critical advantage over the other factions. Because of their ideology, they cannot choose free market economics and dislike the police and military.

Gaian Social Engineering:
+1 Planet
-1 Morale
-1 Police
+2 Efficiency
+1 Nutrients in fungus squares
Always captures the first Mindworm encountered
Agression: Passive
Agenda: Green
Aversion: Free Market
Leader: Lady Deidre

The Gaians are a good all round faction in SMAC. They tend towards a builder style, rather than a momentum style of play, and they lack energy due to the aversion to free market. However, their efficiency bonus helps to make up for this, and the bonus to their planet rating gives them the oppurtunity to overrun opponents with mindworms, especially if their opponents have choosed free market economics, which weakens their ability to defend against psi attackers such as mindworms.

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