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Daoming Sochua
Daoming Sochua (CivBE).png
Introduced in Vanilla
Titles Great Engineer
"The Scientific Inventor"
Civilization Pan-Asian Cooperative
Preferred victory Emancipation
Language Chinese
Voice actor/actress Yamin Zhang

Daoming Sochua leads the Pan-Asian Cooperative.


Main article: Leaders (Starships)

The leader Sochua (Progressive) starts with two random tech upgrades.

Civilopedia entry[]


Born to a Chinese mother and Cambodian father, Daoming Sochua was raised in the traditions of both cultures. She tested at genius levels at a very young age and progressed rapidly through the state-sponsored school systems for gifted children. She quickly surpassed her parents – who were both university professors in the sciences — and her bright siblings in her studies. Entering university in her early teens, she proved focused and motivated to dominate her older peers.

Early Life[]

By the age of thirty, she held four PhDs in electrical engineering, nano-electronics, nuclear physics, and bubble fusion. Pioneering ground-breaking methods for extracting energy from sources heretofore thought exhausted, as well as deep-sea and off-world resources, Daoming Sochua was presented with numerous international awards before joining the Pan-Asian Cooperative’s Bureau of Scientific Revolution. She was specifically recruited by the Cooperative Space Agency for her experience with energy research and unconventional power systems. Daoming was brilliant, driven, and single-minded in her roles, whether as a researcher or administrator.

Research into Space[]

When she was appointed to head a number of innovative (and perhaps dangerous) projects undertaken by the Cooperative, she revealed a talent for administration. Motivated by the Seeding, she volunteered to head one of the missions to colonize other planets for Pan-Asia. At the time, she was in charge of research studies aimed at overcoming the Inflection Point, knowledge that would serve her in good stead in her new role. Throwing herself into her role as mission leader, Sochua brought her characteristic single-mindedness to decisions on the outfitting and launch of “her” colony, driving her crew and staff unrelentingly. Although not beloved by the colonists on the one-way trip, she was highly respected – which was all that Daoming Sochua expected or demanded.

Loading screen quotes[]

<< Excerpts from Colony Archives >> << Personal Log, Daoming Sochua >>


While some looked to the stars and saw gods, I saw possibilities – Possibilities for a future that has finally come. We have explored the unknown sky and now will colonize the alien shore. I will lead my people to great success as the Pan-Asian Cooperative discovers its new role in the universe.

<< Excerpts from Colony Archives >> << Personal Log, Daoming Sochua >>


This will be my final sunset on Earth. Tomorrow, I will lead the Pan-Asian Cooperative into the Aether. We leave behind everything but our wits and machines, and yet I foresee a great and prosperous future awaiting us on new shores.

<< Excerpts from Colony Archives >> << Personal Log, Daoming Sochua >>


I have chosen to lead the Pan-Asian Cooperative of Earth to a new, alien world. What we establish there will be my colony and they will be my people. They know I demand nothing short of perfection. The secrets of our new planet will be ours and ours alone. I have no doubt that we will continue our tradition of success and rebuild towards a brighter future.

<< Excerpts from Colony Archives >> << Personal Log, Daoming Sochua >>


When we land, there will be much to do, if our colony is to be great. I am not intimidated by the work; I simply wish to be prepared. I wonder at the effects this new habitat will have on our production. Will our equipment work on the planet below? How many modifications must I make before our technology will suit the environment? I have spent much time questioning and theorizing. Now it is time to act.

<< Excerpts from Colony Archives >> << Personal Log, Daoming Sochua >>


On Earth, the Pan-Asian Cooperative was great. Out here, we will be better. With new challenges will come new ways to apply ourselves. We will find our niche and we will succeed. Nothing will stand in our way and I will be at the forefront, leading us to greatness.

Civilopedia Quotes[]


Wonder Quote
Master Control "The easiest way to understand social systems is to implement them in code. The best way to optimize social systems is to let the code change the world."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol.XIV

Machine Assisted Free Will "The manifestation of free thought is the most complex mechanical process humankind has ever sought to master. We must equip our mechanics with the right tools."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Second Edition Prologue


Technology Quote
Physics "Consider a simple problem, such as navigation in a spaceship approaching lightspeed..."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol. I

Artificial Intelligence "Cognition in the human brain should not be of elevated status because it is implemented in cells instead of silicon."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol II

Fabrication "A useful heuristic for determining metacognition is to ask: Does this organism merely create tools? Or does it create tools which create new tools?"

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol VII

Transgenics "Genetics is chemistry, and chemistry is a tool, and a tool is only as useful as you make it."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol. IV

Field Theory "This is demonstrated by taking any set of arbitrary-dimensional fields and describing them axiomatically. The proof is trivial and left to the student."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol. VI

Hypercomputing "Good AI prevents bad operators from using computers to conduct useless tasks at high speeds to many degrees of vacuous precision."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol VIII

Cybernetics "The fact that human beings were able to get to new worlds with the obtuse computer sciences of the Seeding is simultaneously impressive and embarrassing."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol I

Power Systems "The necessity of an artificial power source is a myth. An ecosystem powers itself. When humanity learns to live in harmony with its surroundings, we will reap the same benefits of power."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol.VII

Autonomous Systems "When provided with adequate data and field of view, anyone can predict the future."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol.IX

Transcendental Math "Mathematical proof is the only foundation for ethics that I can respect. Progress in mathematics is progress in morality."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol. I

Tissue Engineering "Natural selection is an effective process for organic optimization, but is too slow to be truly useful."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol. III

Designer Lifeforms "If you can't build a better mousetrap, build a better mouse."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol.I;

Alien Evolution "It frustrates me that people are still surprised when this new planet reacts violently to the presence of an offworld species with its own agenda."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol. VII

Neural Uploading "If you replicate the neurological activity of an individual on a computer, for all intents and purposes, the computer is that individual."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality, Vol III

Nanorobotics "Once you reduce robotics and programming to molecular manipulation then it becomes a simple affair, suitable to the lower percentile intellects."

Daoming Sochua, Scientific Morality Vol. IX

Official teaser[]


Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Story Behind Pac Leader Daoming Sochua

Transcript from the Plenary Session for Colonization Issues
3rd Annual PAC Spaceflight Conference

Daoming Sochua, Administrator for the Institute for High Energy Research
Wu An, Undersecretary for Aerospace Projects
Liang Fang-Kar, Undersecretary for Civil Defense

Wu: (concluding remarks)...This demonstrates that deep space extraterrestrial settlement, while physically feasible, could only be accomplished through an unwise overinvestment of critical strategic materials. Materials, might I add, that are better utilized in mining nearby interstellar bodies.

Liang: This is to say nothing of the social costs of the project. It would be nearly impossible to maintain a proper social cohesion with the Cooperative given the delays of communication over the distances and without military oversight. Any colony that disconnected from Earth would easily slip into anarchy. I move that the recommendation of this panel be that all extrasolar colonization projects be frozen and a new committee be appointed to -

Sochua: Gentlemen, I must dissent.

Liang: Dissent? You would condone a breakdown in social order?

Wu: (Cutting off Liang) What dissent can you possibly raise? I have shown -

Sochua: You have shown that there is not enough titanium in our geographical reserves given a set of a priori assumptions about spaceflight, which I cannot help but describe as willfully conservative. By your calculations, each spacecraft would consume more materials in its construction than the PAC has used in its entire aerospace industry in the past three years. Beginning with bad assumptions you have gone on to draw specious conclusions.

Wu: I wouldn't expect some physicist to understand the complex logistical -

Sochua: I have four PhDs, and can handle some simple algebra. Let me show you.... here. (Pulling out a projection data pad) This is your report to the Cooperative Liberation Air Forces from six weeks ago. Your production estimates for military spaceflight are half of what you show in the figures you just presented minutes ago. Can you explain the discrepancy?

Wu: Those figures are being taken out of context!

Sochua: Numbers never lie, Wu. People do.

Wu: I don't care much for your tone, Madame Administrator...

Liang: Now, now...we all understand that you are an enthusiast for the notion of a so-called Seeding project on behalf of PAC, but surely you see that -

Sochua: I don't care much for so-called scientists who dress up Lysenkoism and call it research. Or the paranoid that want to hide behind a banner of order and protectionism.

Liang: You still can't address the problem of social cohesion, though, can you? Can you really argue that an extrasolar settlement will retain stability in the face of the pressures of life on another world?

Sochua: No, stability would be impossible, but -

Liang: Ha! There you go then.

Sochua: But stability would be a death sentence. Colonists would be galvanized by the immediate needs and tasks of survival on the planet, which would obviate the need for a military presence. Prioritizing social stability in the face of crisis is a maladaptive strategy. During the events of the previous century, the PAC was not stable -

Liang: This is seditious -

Sochua: Where Wu twists figures to his own ends, Liang, you are wringing your hands in fear of something that might happen. The PAC adapted socially because the times demanded it. The PAC itself is a political entity because it was necessary to for it exist in the wake of the Korean Crises and the South China Sea War. The old PRC could not remain stable in the face of these forces. Requiring a colony to maintain full social cohesion with the PAC would cripple them from responding to emergent situations. You're defining a failure as a breakdown in order. I'm telling you that if you demand conventional order, failure will consist of total human extinction.

Liang: I wouldn't expect an academic like yourself to grasp the nuances of -

Sochua: There are no nuances to grasp. The situation is clear: Humanity has to leave the planet, and it has to do it before the Inflection Point becomes a reality. You and Wu and the rest of your kind are looking at this future and it terrifies you. You are paralyzed with fear - fear of what this means for the PAC and your place within it. So you comfort yourself with denial.

You deny the evidence of more difficult resource extraction. You deny the potential expansion of humanity because you cannot guarantee your secure, comfortable position.

You do it in the name of the social good. "Oh, the costs are so great; oh, switching the central manufacturing region from electronics to aerospace would affect our GDP growth targets; oh, perhaps a token demonstration settlement on Mars for a year or two." Really, though, what will the point of our proud military be when there is no one on Earth left to fight?

Others are moving offworld and pushing the frontiers of science and progress, and you are content to be on top of what you see, failing to realize that every moment we are not part of the Seeding, we are moving towards our own extinction. A safe, socially stable extinction where you are on top.

Liang: This is slander!

Wu: I don't have to listen to some half- ...

Sochua: The people who will build these colonies on the new worlds, they are the future of the human race. The PAC has a choice to participate in the future. The emperors of China who banned their subjects from leaving the borders of the kingdom, they are dust in their lost tombs and we don't even bother learning their names. I will not allow you to damn humanity to dust. [At this point, she gets up and leaves the panel session.]

AUTHOR’S NOTE: It was soon after this conference that Daoming Sochua volunteered to head one of the missions to colonize other planets for the Pan-Asia Cooperative. Sochua’s singleminded-ness drove her to outfit and launch “her” colony.

Affinity gallery[]

Affinity Level 6[]

Sochua mid-game in Harmony, Purity and Supremacy outfits respectively

Affinity Level 11[]

Sochua late-game in Harmony, Purity and Supremacy outfits respectively

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