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Second Martian Revolution by YNot1989 Second Martian Revolution by YNot1989
The First Martian Revolution sewed the seeds of revolt, The Second Martian Revolution reaped them. For decades Mars and the rest of the system's colonies saw their populations grow from a stream of colonists from Earth. By the 2130 census Mars's population had reached 3 Billion citizens, and hundreds of territories. Resident commissioners from these territories constituted a large and deafening voice in the US Congress on Earth, nearly matching the number of every Representative and Senator. Yet their voices were always treated as secondary to the voices of their Terran counterparts. For a time, this arrangement wasn't detrimental to either side. The colonists governed themselves without meddling from Earth, and the nations of Earth were free to act with minimal interruption from the colonies. The bad blood between the colonies and Earth after the Guardiola Incident, had turned from contempt to apathy among the majority of the population. As the situation on Earth deteriorated, however, that feeling began to turn to fear and that fear fed the forces of reaction.

As the struggle between Mexico and the US threatened to explode into a far worse war than any in this century knew, the colonies feared that such a conflict might spread to them; the specter of the Guardiola Incident continued to haunt the minds of the colonists. Mexico had been steadily weaponizing their Orbitals since 2115, and it was no secret that Mexico wanted a piece of the colonies for themselves. This gave fuel to the long dormant Independence movement in the colonies, particularly the Mars Society for Independence and Freedom, which began a more aggressive and often militant push for a formal separation from the United States on Earth. The MSIF argued that only as an independent power could Mars and the rest of the colonies hope to defend themselves, and achieve the rights that the US on Earth had long denied them. They were lead by Maisie Luong, a natural born Martian, and veteran of the Guardiola Incident. Luong rallied her supporters across the planet through propaganda and marches on territory Capitols, often clashing with local police forces. As the Mexicanos Libres Party on Earth continued their tirade against the colonies, and Mexico conducted more drills with their Orbitals, the MSIF got louder and more aggressive. It all came to a head when Luong and her supporters stormed the Headquarters of the ITC in Bradbury. Luong hoped to overthrow the ITC, which she and her supporters had come to see as lap dogs of the US government on Earth. Flying red flags and brandishing old weapons and armor from the Guardiola Incident, five thousand MSIF stalwarts clashed with the police, the territorial militia, and finally the Mars Planetary Guard before the mob was put down. The majority of the MSIF was arrested or killed during the fighting and raids on their safe-houses following the Bradbury Riots; Luong herself was killed during one such raid. While the MSIF was destroyed, Luongist supporters from Tharsis to Araby have continued to fly the red flag against the ITC and the US on Earth, a constant reminder of the tensions that threaten to tear the Union apart.

In contrast to the MSIF, and the Independence Movement, the  majority of the colonists have renewed calls for full integration into the Union, flooding the Congress of with pro-integration Resident Commissioners. ITC Chairman, 
Lionel "Leo" Halvidar has been the driving force behind this renewed call to action. A longtime advocate for integration, and one of the most active Chairmen in living memory, Halvidar was seen by most as a moderate between the revolutionaries in the colonies, and the established forces on Earth. The Levin Administration, having lashed itself to Mexicanos Libres party leader David Castillo, could do little to answer these calls, being paralyzed with fear over a civil war in the Homeland. Halvidar lobbied the government on Earth with one message, "Bring the colonies into the Union, or you will face TWO rebellions." With the parties busy tearing themselves apart over the 2130 midterms, it doesn't seem likely that this warning will be heeded by the leadership of Earth.

While some in the colonies feared being pulled into a war on Earth, others colonial leaders believed that even if war did not spread to the colonies, Earth would be devastated by a conflict between Mexico and the US, and the colonies would be left to manage untold waves of refugees. With Mars's population reaching its cap, and Venus still not fully Terraformed, this was simply not an option. To prepare for the possibility of devastation on Earth, or outright war, the ITC quietly funded the construction of a series of ruggedized, high speed spacecraft in the Asteroid Belt. They would not be outfitted with weapons, and be crewed only for running relief efforts to the Earth, but the ITC knew they were building a fleet to either end a war on Earth, or at least prevent one on Mars.


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Alpha-Squid Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
FAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Will there be a 3rd martian revolution?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, and you'll see why come the next set of maps.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
What year did the revolution happen?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2130. Like the first one it didn't lead to any real overthrow of old governments.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
How are brazil and the intermarium doing? Amd have any other powers gained power, or has it been these 4 the past 40 years?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brazil's government was overthrown in a Mexican sponsored coup around 2129; its southern territories broken off into new nations, and its peripheries annexed to the neighboring powers of Mexico's sphere. Brasilia was sending Washington hints about a potential alliance, and once Mexico got wind of it they moved quick to kill that union in its crib. It was risky, but they managed to pull it off and now they have a neutral puppet-Government in Brasilia.

The Intermarium and Mexico's empire are allies in all but name at this point. Everyone knows another war between Mexico and the US is coming, its just a question of when; but a lot of countries are betting on Mexico to win, simply because they've managed to chip away at the American's sphere over the decades like no other power. The four powers are now down to Three. One Dominant power, and two challengers.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
I get that a violemt change in government would definitely take brazil "out of the game" but would it truly diminish their power so? Coups may move leaders, but they rarely move borders.
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no they're still powerful, but subdued by Mexico into neutrality.
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
How is space colony construction going? They still building colonies in the Earth's Sphere? How about the martian and Venusian spheres, and the Planetary system's Lagrange points?
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