It really is tragic that they're going the lolsoprogressive route. Not because being a brown crippled lesbian breaks my immersion, but because of the massive potential I know they're losing.
One of the very best parts about SMAC is the rich characters, and the flavour of the factions.>As they enter the Alpha Centauri system, the crew splits into seven distinct factions, divided not by nationality, but by ideology and their vision for the new world.
That to me is so much more sophisticated than BRAZIL STRONK.
Further, the characters had so much more going on. There was no good guy bad guy split, even the bible thumping religious psycho garnered sympathy in the face of dehumanizing technology gone awry.
You got to pick from seven fanatics whose ideology you could empathize with with no clear right answer.
Nwabudike Morgan's cogent and rational advocacy for financial competition and resource exploitation is a million times more nuanced thatn MUH COLONIALISM, AFRICA STRONK, CHECK UR PRIVILEGE