New Dawn is set in an alternate Human only universe and explores the fall of Earth and rise of humanity as a splintered galactic power, where cultural, religious and ideological differences are the main fuel for conflict. It draws its inspiration from many classics including 'The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire', Asimov's 'Foundation' series and Ian Banks 'Culture' series. And so, trying to emulate the 18-20th centuries ideological, imperial and cultural conflicts that sparked world war's, revolutions and shaped history as we know it.
Set in a universe where humanity are the only sentient beings (that we know of), it all started as my own personal compilation mod, so it features new races, new resources, new encyclopedia entries and incorporating many existing mods.
The current upload "New Dawn Final version" will be the last update by my hands, as I unfortunately don't play Distant Worlds anymore. I welcome anyone to take up the reins, if they wish to use or modify my mod.
At the dusk of the 21st century, humanity had exhausted most of the readily available resources on the planet and conflicts sparked across the globe for its remaining wealth. As old powers fell, new arose and the wars escalated, it became increasing obviously that nuclear exchange and annihilation was all but inevitable. Some of the premiere nations of the day started building massive seeder ships in secrecy, so their culture might survive the ensuring chaos... but the secrets spilled and a desperate scramble for the stars began. The last days of Earth had many names, The Great Exodus, The Big Escape, The Last Diaspora, Die grosse Entweichen, all in all it was the largest emigration in mankind’s history as even private investors and smaller governments tried to scrape together money and ships to escape the death of a world.
As the migrant fleets left, they watched their only known home engulfed in all-consuming fires as thousands of nuclear detonations dotted the surface of Earth.
On the great journey, many ships were lost and many early settlements found themselves isolated. Even more settled on worlds that would become their tombs, leaving only scattered ruins for the future to find. But now, millennia later, the surviving sons and daughters of Earth are about to set out from their new homes. Here they will meet their distant relatives who have also begun expansion... Will this new dawn bring peace and prosperity? Or will all consuming war once again be visited upon the children of Man.
Distant Worlds Extended by Haree78. For using some ship designs, general balance ideas and how to rewrite cultures.
AI Improvement Mod by Icemania.
Lower Speed And Range Mod by lurchi.
Stuff & Bits UI mod by KEBW1144. My entire resource rewrite is based on his mod.
Human Revolution by antiscamp. Basically the foundation of my mod, as I started by using his templates - I've borrowed ship design, flag designs and much more from his excellent mod.
Resource Mod and a lot of Sirian's great great mods. Icons etc.
Sound Effects Mod by Tampa_Gamer.
-astradeus-graphics-mod by astradeus. We both decided to use EVE to make characters, but he was first :) I've used some of his characters, ship design, planet design and landscapes etc.
I hope I haven't missed any, but please write me a PM if I've added some elements from your mod and haven't given you credit.
Lore and Immersion
I wanted to create cultures, resources and entries in the encyclopedia that fitted together and added to the overall atmosphere of the game.
Every culture is named from either a minor or dominant ethnic group or an older historical name of the region they are from.
There are 20 races in total, with an extensive background.
Like the the Khosian
Many resources and wonders have been rewritten to make sense in a human only galaxy and also been given a new entry. Like Blue Marble and Neo-Maginot Defence Installations
and many existing entries have been rewritten, with inspiration from other games like Stellaris and Endless Space
Governments have also seen an extensive rewrite and rebalance, for a human only galaxy, portraying various politics ideologies throughout our history. With Hivemind as a unique faction specific government.
For each race there's 40+ custom made, named and skilled characters, with portraits etc.
Colonization tech now makes more sense in a human-only galaxy.
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