Mars is divided into over 70 territories.
The distance that a UFO can fly is counted by shortest number of territories and limited by fuel level.
When a character killed a lot of enemies or died, that mission's territory will be renamed in memory of that character. For example, the territory whereearned fame will be renamed , and the territory where she died will be renamed .
Territories can be claimed by building Geological Probe on discovered territories. The region must be free of missions; active mission will interrupts and prevents the scientists and technicians from setting up any stations.
You start the game with three territories claimed and their surrounding territories discovered.
When you claim a territory, its neighbouring territory will be revealed at a regular interval of 100,000 seconds (27.8 hours). At the end of each cycle, each geo probe may discovers one unknown territory that is neighbouring it.
However, if the game was loaded within 14 hours to the end of next cycle, the next cycle will be skipped. To avoid this and maximise territory discovery rate in early game, saves should be made right after territory discovery, or at least within a few hours.
After a new territory is discovered, the mission on it will be available immediately (robots) or within a few hours (other factions), if such a mission exists.
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Other factions will also spread into neighbouring territories. If they are allied with humans, they will never invade human territory. Otherwise, they may invade and triggers a defend mission. Losing or ignoring the defend mission will yield the territory which also destroys all human stations on it.
The factions will also invade each other's territories. Changing hand will cause the mission on it, if any, to be lost. For example, if you have a capture or rescue mission on a Beastmen territory, and the Reticulans went in and claimed the land, the mission will be lost. In case of rescue mission or home base mission, the mission will be forever lost.
This can also be used to your own advantage - let the Beastmen invades your allies's land and you can reclaim them without breaking alliance.
Territory List Edit
Territories are ordered by distance and then in clockwise.