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People's African Union (PAU)
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The People's African Union
Leader Samatar Jama Barre
Capital Magan

+10% Food Food in growing cities when Health Healthy
All cities start with an Old Earth Relic

The People's African Union (or PAU) is a civilization in the world of Beyond Earth.

This faction would probably consist of the Sub-Saharan countries, and South Africa. Nigeria and Kenya were once their major economic capitals in the oil and neodymium businesses before these collapsed within a few days of the Seed-Ship's departure. Their leader is Samatar Jama Barre.

African Strategies[]

Base Beyond Earth[]

Exploit your strong growth potential. A 10% Food Food bonus is substantial, but you must watch out for unhealthiness in your nation. Too much of that, and your bonus goes away, leaving you in a deficient position compared with your rivals.

Don't expand too quickly! Make sure that your cities grow large and healthy before settling new ones. This ensures that you keep your bonus going and that you have high populations to work with. Prosperity virtues are well suited for this style of play.

Another thing to note is the Old Earth Relic, which is already established in all new colonies you create, freeing up turns for other buildings, and giving out culture on the very first turn an outpost turns into a city, allowing you a bigger edge against your opponents in both time and culture.

Character Trait RT only.png[]

Main article: Personality traits (CivBE)
Level Bonus
Level 1 +10 Food Growth in Cities when Healthy. All Population Specialist Citizens produce 1 extra yield
Level 2 +15 Food Growth in Cities when Healthy. All Population Specialist Citizens produce 1 extra yield
Level 3 +25 Food Growth in Cities when Healthy. All Population Specialist Citizens produce 2 extra yield

Civilopedia entry[]

A Continent Divided[]

Although untouched by the consequences of the Great Mistake, the African continent suffered from the migration of those fleeing their homes. As the seas rose, more refugees retreated from North Africa and coastal African nations. The humanitarian disaster shattered the fragile economies of many of the African nations, and destabilized regimes across the region. A generation-long cycle of coups and short-lived dictatorships, as well as an epidemic of border wars, tore Africa apart. While much of North Africa would eventually join the Franco-Iberian European Union, alleviating some of the pressure, the sub-Saharan nations struggled to return to order.

Forged in Crisis[]

Into that breach stepped the leaders of the old African Union and COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa). Both organizations had been established for decades and were regarded highly among Africans. Drawing on its original charter, members of the old African Union sought to provide political and military stability by invoking heretofore ignored supranational powers. Led by some of the original COMESA founding states, the revamped “People’s” African Union was formed. Several of the more progressive other African nations quickly joined; then more stable republics of sub-Saharan Africa followed. Others states, however, were governed by dictators or torn by civil wars, and refused.

A New Union[]

The largest members of the new People’s African Union merged their military forces into a unified command and stepped in to end the unrest and political disruption, replacing the old despots with new regimes that promptly joined the Union. Even as that task continued, the military moved against local bandits, pirates, warlords, and others that threatened all citizens of the envisioned united Africa. New military traditions arose, and a new sense of pride was instilled into the pursuit of a military career. A number of grateful member states of the African Union elected or appointed military officers as their leaders.


Meanwhile, COMESA – propelled by its ties to the old and new African unions – moved to bring economic stability and prosperity to the continent. Instituting a unified currency was the first step; demolishing the tariff and taxation schemes of the various member states as they were added was another. COMESA involvement in the new Africa eventually turned to tapping its prodigious natural and agricultural resources, while attempting to maintain its ecological diversity and heritage through extensive wildlife parks and natural wonders. Funded projects included dams, new energy sources such as wind-farms, and coastal and Congolese reclamation efforts. The African Common Market also invested heavily in education for the post-Mistake generations and in humanitarian projects, notably in the realms of health care and human rights. New industries were pursued, and the Union became one of the major players in international trade. But problems remain, although the People’s African Union continues to implement policies to address these. Notable are the remnants of nepotism and corruption that plague some of the member nations, and the occasional flare-ups of tribal and/or religious conflict.

Outward Bound[]

As with many things in the Union, the merchants and traders took the leading role when the Seeding began. Most of the missions launched were led and populated by prominent regional businessmen and respected civil servants. Although the governance and characteristics of the dozens of colonies would take many forms, all had their roots deep in African history and culture. While it may be facile to claim that it takes a village to raise a child, it may be said with certainty that it takes a village to survive as a colony on a distant world. The attitude of the African colonial administration is best summed up by the unofficial motto of the People’s African Union, the ancient Bondei proverb that says, “Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.”

List of Cities[]

Order City Name Language Meaning Notes
1 (Capital) Magan Somali "Protection/Refuge" Masculine name.
2 Ayaan Somali "Lucky/Fortunate" Feminine name. Or possibly meaning "Bright".
3 Thabo Tswana "Joy/Happiness" Masculine name, shortening of Lethabo.
4 Jenali Swahili "Mighty" Masculine name.
5 Bongani Xhosa/Zulu "Thanks/Grateful" Masculine name.
6 Xirsi Somali "Safeguard" Masculine name. Also spelled Hirsi.
7 Zuberi Swahili "Strong" Masculine name.
8 Masego Tswana "Blessings" Feminine name.
9 Sizwe Xhosa/Zulu "Nation/People" Masculine name.
10 Ladan Somali "Healthy" Feminine name.
11 Jabulile Xhosa/Zulu "Happiness" Feminine name.
12 Warsame Somali "Good News" Masculine name.
13 Thula Xhosa/Zulu "Silence/Stillness" Feminine name.
14 Qasri Somali "Castle/Palace" Qasri and Castle are derived from Late Latin Castellum. Many languages have related words, including Swahili Kasri, Arabic Qaṣri (قَصْرِ), and Yoruba Kasulu.
15 Chengetai Shona "Protection/Care" Masculine & feminine name.
16 Fadziso Shona "One Who Brings Happiness" Feminine name.
17 Mzoxolo Xhosa/Zulu "Peaceful Home" Masculine name, shortening of Mziwoxolo. Derived from Zulu Umuzi ("Home") and Uxolo ("Peace") in Zulu and Xhosa.
18 Hoodo Swahili "Lucky/Fortunate" Feminine name.
19 Liibaan Swahili "Victory/Winning" Masculine name.
20 Roonaan Somali "Kindness"
RT only.png Introduced in the Rising Tide expansion pack.