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The First Martian Revolution by YNot1989 The First Martian Revolution by YNot1989
The First Martian Revolution, wasn't really a revolution by any definition known to the politicians on Earth, but to Mars it was the closest they'd ever come to such a change. Mars's first wave colonial population was comprised almost entirely of people who would work to see Mars terraformed over the course of a century, reaching habitability in the late 2070s. That kind of commitment requires a level of patience that isn't seen in most humans, and therefore political change comes more easily as acts of adaptation and compromise. In the 2030s the Mars Corporation changed from a confederacy of semi-autonomous corporate purchase, to a commonwealth of territories under corporate rule. In the 40s they changed again, as the corporations that founded Mars began using it as a staging point for the outer planets, its citizens ruled themselves more directly. In the 2050s Mars was officially acknowledged as a US Territory and granted a resident commissioner in the US Congress. In the 2060s the non-human rights movement came to Mars, and new questions of liberty began to be asked.

In the 2070s its citizens began to formally call for full representation in the US Congress. These calls were less for the current citizens, and more for Mars as a whole. When the population cap would be lifted and the billions of new citizens flooded in from Earth, would they be left without representation? As economic activity increased exponentially with the new citizens and the lifting of travel limits, would they be taxed and regulated by a government that did not represent them? For five years these questions went unanswered, and for five years the people of Mars grew restless. Talk of banning all immigration to the United States directly threatened Mars's future, and leave the planet bankrupt. The Mars Corporation, which had been a relatively "hands off" entity in the daily lives of Mars's population began meeting to discuss post-Settlement governance of the planet, and just like the US Government, they were content to leave the Martian people out of the conversation. When MarsCorp Chairman Kanzaki announced the plan to impose planet wide fees on products imported from Earth and travel between the territories, Mars finally spoke up. Protests, boycotts, and strikes broke out planet-wide, and Mars seemed poised for Revolution against MarsCorp, and potentially the United States on Earth.

In 2079, on the eve of the next Presidential election, and as MarsCorp's shareholders were reeling from profit losses and the potential loss on their territorial claims, Galileo Development's President, Adrian Hayer proposed a solution. Galileo Development was an offshoot of Lunar Energy Ltd, and while it did not have a direct stake in MarsCorp, it had been shipping Nitrogen down system from Titan to Mars for four decades. Through LE, Galileo agreed to broker a deal with the colonists and Earth, and purchase 35% of MarsCorp's holdings, in exchange for long term trade between the colonies. MarsCorp would be dissolved after its remaining lands were bought by settlers and after reaching out to popular presidential candidates with promises of Helium-3 deliveries from Neptune, Galileo Development was able to deliver a compromise to Mars. When any immigration bill would be brought before Congress, it would stipulate that its policies would not apply to people wishing to relocate to the colonies. These promises quieted the Martians and in 2081 when the borders were closed the Rosiland Amendment was passed with the broader immigration bill, allowing people to immigrate to the United States on Mars, and granting the Martians the right to divide themselves into Territories, just not states. This was enough to satisfy the Martians, and so the First Martian Revolution drew to a close. The seeds of true revolution, however, were planted, and it would be another generation before they would sprout.
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Phobosassfucker Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice, I´ve to made a flag for my People´s Republic of Mars... damn it I´m so bad with graphic design :(
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
So I know you're working on a map of Mars in 2099. Will that be portraying Mars as an independent nation? And any realistic timeframe for when the map will be done? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Start of June. I'm done with the territories (for this one, there will be another map set in the 2130s where Mars is almost completely colonized) so now I just have some small details and cities to work on. And no, Mars won't be independent, they'll still be part of the US, in name anyway. You'll have to wait and see to get the full details.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
So is US territory on Mars counted as US land when looking at sizes of countries?
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As of 2057 onward.
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HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Very nice work :). I normally don't like green on flags but it works on this one.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
How strong is Martian national identity? 
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not very, comparable to Americans prior to the War for Independence. They perceive themselves as Americans, but are generally content to ignore and be ignored by the homeworld.
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microwavedreams Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
So what exactly is the meaning behind the flag? (number/arrangement of stars, color, etc)
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YNot1989 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
13 Stripes = 13 Original Colonies on Eath, 28 Stars = 28 Colonies on Mars. The colors are from the old Mars flag.
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