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Mars 2099: Second Wave by YNot1989 Mars 2099: Second Wave by YNot1989

Humanity is divided on Earth, but they are United in the Colonies. Well, in theory anyway. Following the First Martian Revolution, Mars and her smaller sister colonies have blossomed as symbols of peace and prosperity. With the establishment of the Interplanetary Trade Commission in 2086 in Bradbury, resources flow between the colonies on quantum calculated schedules. Basic needs are met by the ITC, food, water, housing, and base resources. Compilers enable everyone to produce consumer goods at home with nary a thought. Capitalism in the colonies is comfortable at the margins, driving entrepreneurs to build a steady economy. Great cities, erected during terraforming, housed over a billion people on Mars, and the first space elevators at New Richmond and Skyport bring in new people every day. The lush Margaritifer Lowlands and the Hesiod Gulf Colonies are home to the largest concentration of people, but the smaller pseudo-states (territories in the eyes of the US on Earth) can be found in pockets across the planet. Be they long time American citizens, fleeing Mexican expatriates looking to stay in their adopted country, or Eurasians and Africans just looking for a better life, Mars and the rest of the colonies have become the homes of a second wave of pioneers, refugees and heros.

With the Rosalind Amendment, and a rubber stamp of approval from Congress, the colonies had the sense of unity and inclusion that was essential to stave off civil war, while allowing Earth to worry about what is wrong with Earth… at least that was the plan anyway. In practice, the Rosalind Amendment became a way for Earth to dump any problems they didn’t want to deal with on the colonies. Many of those new residents were Mexican expatriates looking to avoid deportation to Mexico and Central America. In 2093 the Tel-bn people requested asylum after the near destruction of their species following a decades long nuclear conflict. The United States on Earth refused their claim for resettlement on Earth, but per the Rosalind Amendment, the colonies could oblige them. When Earth finds a new way to discriminate against some poor souls, they find their way to the colonies; when prisons are overcrowded, they find their way to the colonies; and when some backwards regime fails, and exile is the last option, they find their way to the colonies. Generally these problems are handled reasonably well. Prisoners and exiles, tend to look at life in the colonies as a clean start, and don’t fall back into bad habits as easily, and the colonies are often the birthplace for many subcultures Earth doesn’t approve of, so they’re happy to take in people considered just a little too odd for polite society on Earth. Washington’s problems are usually taken care of with minimal effort from Bradbury, its getting the capital to reciprocate that’s the problem.

The Guardiola Foundation, a radical anti-colony faction of the aristocratic Mediterranean Union, had been antagonizing the Earth-Luna colonies for many years. Banning the sale of goods imported from the colonies, publishing Terran nativist propaganda, and in some cases attacking civilian spacecraft. In early 2099, the Guardiolas staged a major series of strikes on several Lagrangian and Lunar colonies. Deploying armored infantrymen and support drones against civilian militias. When the colonial governments, resident commissioners and the ITC all called on the Federal Government for help, they were met with deaf ears. As the Mediterranians are an ally of Mexico, and the Guardiolas are only a rogue faction, the US government on Earth refused to get involved directly as it would drive the US and Mexico to war after concluding one in South America only a few years earlier. The colonies were on their own. Mars was quick to send volunteers from its Colonial Guard forces, and the outer planets were not far behind, but by the time reinforcements arrived to put down the Guardiolas, over 100,000 people had been killed in combat or from decompression. It was only from the pleads of the ITC commissioner, often known as “the Other President,” that the colonies did not strike the Guardiola stronghold in Catalonia. The US government, in a desire to save face with its colonies, who had now positioned a very angry force of some 20,000 seasoned space warriors in orbit above Earth, launched a coordinated strike on the Guardiola Foundation’s headquarters, and issued joint warrants with the MU and Mexico for the arrest of its surviving members. This got the colonies to stand down, but they would not forget the betrayal by their own government.

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TheTexasRanger Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
So how many "states" are there on Mars?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still working on it, but for now lets say a few hundred.
TwisterAce Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Since Mars has a surface gravity about one-third that of the Earth, how has this affected humans and other creatures living/born on the planet? Likewise for other celestial bodies?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Humans have gotten around the problems of low gravity through genetic manipulation, but the organisms tailored to live on Mars were created to exploit the lower gravity, where Humans augmented themselves to handle conditions on a variety of worlds, maintaining their basic appearance and bio-mechanical conditions. Martian animals tend to be larger and often lankier than their earth cousins, and flight is an ability given to a wider variety of organisms than on Earth.
Are aliens and sentient machines considered citizens of the United states? Do they see themselves as Americans, one of many waves of immigrants? How integrated are they in society, and how many of them are there by 2130?

Also, the US may have a ban on other countries having military activities in space, but surely other nations participated in non violent colonization of the solar system..? Or is everything off earth American? (besides Mexico later on)
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They were by the 2090s in some cases, but creating sentient programs were banned by the US Congress at the turn of the century. There are a few thousand androids created with neural nets that were essentially copied from human connectomes who eventually developed sentience on their own; they were granted citizenship, but its illegal to create new ones, this is after a constitutional amendment that granted rights to all citizens regardless of corporeal form. Despite these rights, Alien and AI citizens still have a pretty rough time even by the 2130s. Earth is downright racist (speciesist?) toward aliens these days; they don't even let them live on Earth outside of diplomatic embassies; and depending on which planet you're on it isn't much better in the colonies. The Tel-bn, a cephelapod like species that showed up in the 2090s, are largely accepted on Triton and the Jovians where they settled in the largest numbers, but Martians fucking HATE them. Most other aliens have only come in comparatively small numbers. The K'lerin of Tau Ceti f only have a few dozen of their people living in the Sol system, and the Voknach (more or less humanoid looking reptilians) are generally accepted outside of Mars and Earth. Mars and Earth tend to be much more protectionist about their worlds, Earth out of traditionalism, Mars out of some sense that Mars is "Humanity's second home," and not to be sullied by non humans. The AI Rights movement actually started on Tharsis, and was responded to by brutal attack on AI citizens.

So yeah, non-humans have all the same legal rights as their human neighbors, but its kinda like being black in America in the 1970s, or Gay in the 2000s. The fact that by 2130 some non-humans serve in the US armed forces, has certainly ruffled some feathers.

And no, the US has been alone in space colonization since WWIII. The Japanese had a series of moon colonies, but after WWIII the US was having none of that and annexed them. ITAR was used as the main excuse to keep non-Americans from flying to Mars in large quantities. The US was one of the few countries with the capability, and the only one with the resources to make large scale space colonization possible anyway. With the exception of a handful of research and manufacturing satellites, Space belongs to America, though the vast majority of people living in space by the turn of the century, were not actually born in America. They're all immigrants, so in a way you could say other nations did colonize space. Mexico has found a way around this with their Orbitals (which are also military platforms).
Valdulan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Do the colonies have nuclear weapons?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sort of. They use microfusion devices for geo-engineering projects (mostly for hollowing out new habitats beneath the Galilean Moons), and they produce anti-matter around Saturn to fuel the largest of the O'Neil ships, but it's all carefully monitored by the Space Force, NASA, and the US Department of Energy. It's one of the areas of the colonies activities that they have very little control over.
Valdulan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
So, when do things go to Hell? Because, frankly, something that's too perfect makes for a very poor narrative. Since Earth seems more realistic and generally more vibrant, I'm thinking it should win when the two sides inevitably duke it out?

Can a united Earth effort bring Mars to its knees?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Continue onto the Second Martian Revolution, and you'll see there is indeed a struggle. And you've got it backwards. Earth cannot unite under the present circumstances, only the colonies have a chance of saving Earth from itself.
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