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Disambiguation  This is an article about the lore behind the project by Citywokcitywall. For an overview of the associated YouTube series, see Cities Skylines: Mars (series).

In 2057, a time not too far from our own, Mars has been successfully colonized. Marketed as a Utopia for modern man, Mars has opened up a whole new opportunity for new revenue streams. -WOK- Industries, being it’s top investor, offers affordable transportation for “certain members” of Earth to the red planet. However, this is not a round trip...

Contents

History

The Cataclysm (2036 - Ongoing)

Before the colonization of Mars, the Earth, due to poor choices made in the past, was suffering the cataclysmic results of global warming. Because of flooding, hurricanes/cyclones, and incredibly intense heat waves and droughts the majority of third world countries were completely decimated and often suffered heavy casualties, ranging into the millions over time. First world countries fared slightly better, as they had advanced technology and infrastructure in place to protect them from a slow descent into hell. After the initial shock of the Earth's environment changing, food became a large problem, as with the droughts, heat waves, and flooding, many crops and livestock had been killed off, crippling the majority of food production. Soon after in 2038, due to the harsh conditions and nervousness, civil unrest began to grow. Several months later, protests began to break out across the world like wildfires. This period was dubbed "The Cataclysm" as the majority of Earth suffered hellish and miserable conditions, as well as the cataclysmic rage of Mother Nature.

The Rise of Free Mars (2057)

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Several months after the colonization of Mars in 2057, the masses of the lower levels grew tired of the intense and dangerous labor they had to endure on part of WOK Industries and those in the "Peaks". Spreading propaganda by hand, the "Free Mars Resistance" aka FMR, amounted to nearly 2/3 of the 3000 person population. Recruiting is done in the shadows making sure not to be detected by the fledgling Mars Police Force or the Steiner-Lavalle Security group. Several days later, the FMR staged a terrorist attack on the Interchange, the MPF headquarters and an upper portion of the dome. The Colony suffered heavy casualties, mostly to the Police & Elite.

However, due to the surprise of the attack, many innocent civilians lost their lives. After the attacks had been carried out, the already immensely weakened MPF buckled under the hordes of FMR. The members of the FMR stormed key locations, such as CCTV, Communications & Utilities, and gained complete control of the Mini-Dome. The MPF, as well as High Risk Security Teams attempted to retake the same key locations the FMR had stormed just a few weeks ago, but to no avail. The Council of Democratic Mars decided drastic measures must be taken to regain control over the Mini-Dome, which was now named "New Haven" by those inhabiting it. The Council used satellite control to open up the airlocks, opening up the dome to the harsh Martian atmosphere. As the oxygen quickly vented into the near-vacuum outside and the temperatures plummeted, the FMR had no choice but to relinquish control of New Haven back to WOK.

Period of Peace

Xenoretrovirus Outbreak (2077)

In 2077 a viral outbreak started in the dome of Refuge. Patient Zero is believed to have been Xiaozhen Zhao, a worker for Roca Roja Incorporated. On 19/07/2077, between the hours of 12:00 and 15:30, Zhao was gathering ice for the water supply of Refuge. At some point, he came into Xenoretrovirus 2077 (XRV-77). Due to his airtight suit, Zhao likely wasn’t infected until after his shift ended, when he was taking off the suit. XRV-77 works by infiltrating the B-plasma cells of the patient and inserting itself into the genome of the B cells, like any retrovirus. However, in addition to inducing viral replication, XRV-77 mutates the genes of the B-plasma cells to produce mutated antibodies. Many of these antibodies are not specific to anything, but a not-insignificant amount are specific to host cells, particular liver and muscle cells. After binding, the antibodies then recruit other immune cells to attack what it perceives to be a pathogen. The symptoms of the infection vary, ranging from muscle pains and a feeling of intoxication to a life-threatening autoimmune response. Similarly to diseases that cause a cytokine storm, those with stronger immune systems had worse responses than one might usually expect. For every person that was infected, they would spread the infection to 1.3 others. The death rate however, averaged at 30%. It ravaged Refuge, killing thousands. A vaccine is still in development, and the colony weathered the storm through strict quarantines and a tight grip of social control. The colony remains operational but is still recovering. It is unknown where the virus came from, or how it came into being.

Uprise of "The Unknown"

Water Strike

Power Crisis

Domes

List of Major Mars Colonies (In Chronological Order)

- Outpost #0 (2045) Outpost 0 is the first major human made structure on Mars. Outpost 0 is a machine colony built to pave the way for humans later on.

- New Hope (2057) New Hope is the first colony to be established on Mars, and as such has a large spaceport, connections to many other domes, and can perform a wide variety of functions.

- Pioneer Dome (2065) Pioneer Dome is a dome geared toward Research & Development, which enabled the building of larger and better domes later down the line.

- Outpost #3 (2068) Outpost #3, located underneath the Martian surface, is the first major mining outpost on Mars, taking advantage of the abundance of Magnesium, Aluminium, Titanium, and Iron.

- The Hub (2071) The Hub is a dome that possesses a considerably larger industrial ability than other domes, and as such it had less room for other services, but after the implementation of hydroponics in 2081, it is self sufficient as well.

- Refuge (2076) Refuge, the first dome meant to support a population without the help of Earth utilized a closed hydroponics system, which unfortunately failed.

- Outpost #5 (2078) Outpost #5 is the second mining outpost on Mars, however it is equipped with better access to other colonies

- New Ontario (2080) New Ontario was the first self-sufficient dome, with a fully operational hydroponics system, sizable mining operations, as well as machines capable of extracting Mars's ice.

- Utopia (2094) Utopia is the latest dome, as well as the largest of them all. Utopia serves as the capital of Mars, being completely self sustaining, and possesses a large spaceport. Utopia also houses the majority of the governing body of Mars.

Social Hierarchy/Structure

Starting from the bottom, we first arrive at the worst of the worst, where all the behind the scenes actions take place in the dank, dark and smelly confines of the Sub-Levels. Moving up, we find ourselves inside a hellhole, where the not-so-lucky people from Earth reside, the Lower Levels. After that, we arrive in the Middle Level, where the maintenance workers and engineers and others vital to the survival of the colony reside. Now, we are at the top of the dome, the polar opposite of the confines of the Sub-Levels, the Upper Levels are akin to heaven, with the most luxurious buildings and landscapes money can buy, it is home to the Elites of the Elites, the 1% of the 1%, such as very fortunate CEOs from Earth, or executives of colony-vital companies.

Popular Figures

"The Administrators"

Comprised of Executives representing each of the major companies that run The Colony.

Jiang Kusem

Jiang Kusem was born in Xinjiang, the son of a skilled electrician, but immigrated to Mars at the age of three with the rest of his family. Not content with scratching out a living in the cramped confines of the life-support systems, he instead fell in with criminal elements and gradually formed an army amid the slum that sprang up around him. Their operations were broad, from smuggling contraband and human trafficking to using their control over the city's life support systems to force entire blocks to pay protection money, and soon Kusem had ensconced himself and his lieutenants in the Juizhaigou, an unassailable fortress from which they dominate the alleyways, markets and shantytowns of the colony's lower levels, and one of the rare conduits between the upper city and the lower.

Industry

Indefinite human survival on Mars or other deep space locations requires development of total technological self sufficiency. Energy, fuel, building materials, alloys, actuators, electronics, and processors are all necessary for a sustained presence. This talk enumerates resources and quantifies their relative scarcity. It also explains the shifting equilibrium between manual, mechanized, and autonomous labor. Finally, it provides a practical roadmap for building a fully industrialized city on Mars while minimizing risk, money, and time.

WOK Industries

An Earth-born company, originating in the USA, WOK Industries is the backbone of the Mars Colony. It's Motto is “Today Mars, Tomorrow the Stars”

Dark Pool Investments

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Mars First Native Business, a privately-run financial institution, is for trading securities, stocks, & bonds. At Dark Pool Investment, deals are hidden from the public eye and only disclosed at a later time. Institutionalized so that Mars-based banks can buy and sell bonds. There is both an advantage and a disadvantage, because when a company headquartered on Mars puts out a press release or whatever, it takes 20 minutes before that release even reaches Earth, and longer before the markets can react. So the traders on Mars can react to the news, and take advantage of the delay. But on the flipside, events on Earth take 20 minutes to reach Mars, and in that time Earthside stock exchanges can move a lot. There are many opportunities for scandal, since at least a couple of IRL dark pools have been busted for making clients pay for trade priority, where the highest-paying members get to move first.

Roca Roja Incorporated

An Earth born company, originating in Mexico. Roca Roja Inc. , meaning "Red Rock" in Spanish, specializes in the acclamation and distribution of ALL of Mars' water. The most precious natural resource on Mars is water. The richest source of water on Mars is in the form of ice. The catch is that it is buried below the surface. Luckily colonies are equipped with drills able to penetrate 50 meters below the surface for access to these Ice Aquifers. Roca Roja Inc. has revolutionized water fracking, creating a proprietary process for drilling through iron and magnesium rich earth, melting extremely dense ice into water, and retrieving it. Water is then pumped to a processing station, where it is purified and distributed. It is rumored that the company found a way to produce liquid methane from the ice-water of Mars. It is also rumored that the resources found could be a source of TRUE sustainable energy. Although, these allegations are denied by the Roca Roja Group, the possibility of being replaced as the current power supplier is troubling for the WOK Executives.

Vapour Fibre

An Earth born company, originating in South Africa. Vapor Fibre has monopolized Internet Services & Communication for the entire planet. Contractually obligated by WOK Industries, policing the network is done strictly in-house by Vapor Fibre. This allows them to maintain a strong firewall, not only controlling how colonists communicate with each other, but what Earth sees of the colony and what the colony sees of Earth. Control of communications within the colony is a key component to maintaining stability in an environment rife for class revolts and uprisings. Communication is tightly controlled, the internet is greatly censored and propaganda is skillfully woven into the media for the colonists to consume. Having unbridled access to the full satellite infrastructure coincidentally makes them responsible for maintaining the life support and utilities in the colony. However, WOK Industries is the Dome Manager, "owning" these precious requirements for life. WOK's power is unrivaled in the Colony... for now.

Rosaviakosmos Corp

See Main Article  Main article : Rosaviakosmos

An Earth-born company, originating from the soviet space program, the result of a merger between post-soviet Roskosmos and the United Aircraft Corporation, Rosaviakosmos is a symbol of early as well as current Mars colonization efforts. Having invented and built the first Earth skyhook, it has paved the way for corporations such as WOK Industries to colonize the solar system. To this day, Rosaviakosmos is tasked with developing and maintaining most of the interplanetary transport in the solar system, with only little competition from major Chinese and American corporations. It is tasked with maintaining the current system of skyhooks, a skyport on Mars and in the atmosphere of Venus, as well as developing new spacecraft capable of using the skyhook for both cargo and passenger transport.

Happīrokku

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An Earth born company, originating in Japan. Happīrokku, meaning "Happy Rock" in Japanese, has been in business since The Cataclysm. They specialize in micro-biology.

Gummirokk Industries

An Earth born company, originating in Norway. Gummirokk is the Norwegian word for “Rubber Rock”. Gummirokk Industries specializes in manufacturing Industrial Butyl Rubber, which is extremely important in construction, vehicles, other technologies. They also control the acquisition of materials for rubber production on Mars.

Hóngxīng Technologies

An Earth born company, originating in China. Hóngxīng is the Chinese word for “Red Star”. A single human can control a gigantic machine or program one to perform the labor on one's behalf, thus freeing humans from massive workloads and dramatically increasing production. Self Replicating Machinery is also widely used for food production and other tasks throughout the colony. Therefore AI based systems are much needed on Mars.

Mars Solutions

See Main Article  Main article : Mars_Solutions

One of the first Mars born companies, Mars Solutions was created as an engineering think-tank that would deal with day-to-day issues of living on Mars. They propose solutions to issues of long-term colonization, often dealing with the impacts of the inhospitable Mars environment. They are responsible for some of the questionable research regarding fly-by graffiti, although they also contributed to the development of ice-mining and fuel-synthesis operations at the Martian poles.

Barek Mining

Barek Mining is a re-brand (in 2058) of an Earth-born mining company, originally name "Ore Canada", which has extensive experience in harsh or dangerous mining operations, making them well suited to extract and exploit the natural resources of Mars, such as titanium, aluminum, magnesium and iron. Ore Canada has been mining in harsh environments since 1915, making them one of the most experienced Mars ready mining companies.

Wire Transportation

A Mars born company, Wire Transportation specializes in the only two source of public transport available to Martian citizens, cable cars and transport helis. Since no other companies have experience with cable cars in the urban and tight confines of a Mars colony, or the tight flying in between towering supports or the hellholes of the Lower Levels, Wire Transportation was a breakaway of another public transportation company formed by a select few individuals looking to reap the harvest that is being a monopoly. Wire Transportation has been contracted by WOK, under the conditions that Wire Transportation provides cable cars, maintenance workers, helicopters and proprietary AI to safely navigate the narrow flight paths. In return, WOK will give them and their workers free residence in the middle levels.

Tri-Point Waste

Economy

Denomination

Mars is almost entirely cashless. Most of what physical money goes around are different Earth currencies that people brought in. The only real reason to use physical money would be to avoid having your purchases be traceable. New colonists receive a whole new bank account & credit score on arrival to Mars, provided by banks Earth-side. The joke "Bad credit? Doesn't matter! Come to Mars and you'll get a fresh start!" became a common one among the lower levels of Mars.

Central Market

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Central Market

While one does not need to look far in the slums in order to find all manner of goods and services for sale, the stalls and shanties which sprang up around Jacobi Medical Center and the adjacent station have a storied history as the center of commerce in the slums. As the dream of the "Red Frontier" turned to an exploitative nightmare, and restrictions on what fraction of the tonnage shipped to the colony could contain goods from home and other personal items were relaxed, the Central Market sprang up like a rash to take advantage of the new dynamics of the colony's economy.

  • By day, the market does a roaring trade in all the things the colony needs: obscure foodstuffs or beverages which have a cultural market too niche for the colony's major retailers to import themselves, a riot of clothing from all over Earth, stalls selling acupuncture, massages, herbal concoctions and other traditional remedies to those who found no cure for their ailments at Jacobi Hospital and VR headsets and other electronics sold far cheaper than in the colony's official retail outlets, and of the same dubious origin as flash drives and memory cards containing gigabytes of music, movies, games and TV shows. Located around the lower levels' largest transport hub and protected from any particularly brazen street crime by the resulting police presence, it is perfectly placed to serve as the riotous, beating heart of the colony's grey market until nightfall rolls around, where the market gets a little less riotous and a good deal murkier.
  • The produce is still there, as are the traditional remedies, but now the market throngs with touts handing out flyers for establishments where the "massages" offered are far more than just medicinal. A coded phrase or a whispered association with the right person will provide access to all sorts of more sordid wares: khat and cannabis grown in hidden aeroponics labs carefully hooked into the colony's own water and power systems, ecstasy and other synthetic wonders made from smuggled precursor chemicals in dingy apartments and the nooks and crannies of the colony's vast machinery, phones and computers that can get around the monitoring software omnipresent in the colony's cell network...
  • The aerial patrols quell any thoughts of open violence or brazen theft, but they can do nothing to see, let alone stop, this hidden bazaar of vice and contraband. Neither can they stop the groups of young men moving from stall to stall, taking their cut for protection and access to the smuggling networks that make it all possible: assuming, that is, that police officers themselves are not making the rounds this evening, extracting their own toll for their tolerance and protection.
  • If you were desperate to get off Mars, to scrape together enough money to return to fractious, uncertain, chaotic Earth, to not merely eke out a living selling marked-up imports but to take risks, make dangerous moves, rub shoulders with terrifying company in order to make the small fortune needed to shoulder this crushing financial burden, then the Night Market would be a good place to start. Many try. Most fail. The Red Planet has a way of keeping you in its grasp, however hard you might struggle to escape.

Exports

Resources

  • Iron
  • Water
  • Methane
  • Butyl Rubber


Demographics

Population

Life Expectancy

The population on Mars is relatively young, with the majority being of working age. Nearly half of the underclass city are new arrivees from within the last 10 years. The median life expectancy in the lower levels is only 3/4th of that of the upper level, due to the harsh working conditions and unsanitary living space. The upper level has double as much people >60 years of age compared to the lower level.

Ethnicity

Initially, most settlers on the Mars colony were workers of Wok Industries with origins from the US. After the 2077 epidemic, and as the labour demand increased, doors for East Asian, European and African investors were open wide. A large pool of people from these regions came to be part of the colony.

Slums (Bottom) % of Pop Utopia (Top) % of Pop
Chinese 33.5% Chinese 18.3%
Japanese 14.6% Japanese 5.6%
Korean 10.2% Korean 3.2%
Vietnamese 3.6% Vietnamese 0.2%
Malaysia 3.2% Malaysia 0.4%
Indonesia 3.9% Indonesia 0.2%
United States 4.5% United States 10.1%
Canadian 1.8% Canadian 8.1%
Mexico 1.7% Mexico 1.1%
Caribbean 1.3% Caribbean 0.1%
Singaporean 2.4% Singaporean 3.0%
Filipino 4.1% Filipino 0.2%
Africa 4.1% Africa 0.1%
Kazakh 3.5% Kazakh 0.1%
Kyrgyz 1.0% Kyrgyz 0.1%
Russian 1.3% Russian 6.2%
Romanian 0.4% Romanian 0.1%
Polish 0.3% Polish 0.2%
Spanish 1.2% Spanish 3.0%
Dutch 0.8% Dutch 4.5%
Belgian 0.7% Belgian 4.4%
Other Asians 0.9% Other Asians 0.4%
Other Europeans 0.5% Other Europeans 0.5%
Other Americans 0.3% Other Americans 0.2%
Other 0.2% Other 0.4%
French 7.4%
British 5.8%
German 6.1%
Swiss 4.7%
Monagasque 1.1%
Norwegian 2.1%
Oceania (AU & NZ) 2.1%

Americas

Citizens from the US were the first to settle. Today, US and Canadian nationals form a large part of the upper and middle-upper class. A majority of the early under class settlers from these nations died off due to the flu, leading to an decrease in interest to migrate to Mars and the end of the Anglo-American demographic majority. However, there is now a growing lower class from US nationals fleeing the conditions on Earth. These US Nationals mainly come from Luisiana, Florida, New York and other coastal communities, devastated by the constant flooding.

Latin Americans came in large quantities after 2077. Mexico and the Carribean nations were the top-leading place of origin. These communities are small, and do not have a large impact on the culture of Mars.

China

After the 2077 epidemic, immigration, aswell as investment from China increased as Western investors became skeptic. After the East Sea tsunami and subsequent refugee crisis in 2081, which permanently submerged large parts of Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and the entirety of Shanghai, Chinese immigration to Mars increased exponentially. Today, Chinese nationals are the largest nationality on Mars, forming a plurality on the upper levels (~18%) and lower levels (~33%).

Korea & Japan

With the economic collapse of both countries, brought by the destructive power of earthquakes, Japanese and Koreans migrated in large numbers to the Mars colony. They now form a sizable part of the lower class, at ~15% and ~10% respectively.

South East Asia

Most South East Asian migrants are from the upper class of their societies, however, most ended up in the lower levels due to the sky-high prices required to be able to join the upper class. Migrants from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore form the bulk of this group. Most of these migrants have Chinese roots, some are capable to speak Chinese dialects, like Hokkien or Cantonese. South East Asian migrants fill in mostly medical related jobs, especially among Filipino workers.

Other Asians

There are small communities from other Asian nations, like India or the Middle East, however, these nations do not have an organised process to migrate, as such, migration from these countries are low, but still noticable. The Russian company, Rosaviakosmos, has encouraged migration from Central Asia, mainly in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan: nations which are politically tied to Russia and have a large Russian speaking population.

Africa

Through the labour program of the Vapor Fiber company, skilled Africans technicians were able to come to Mars with ease. Their numbers remains small, and their nation of origin are unknown as Vapor Fiber does not publicise these informations, unlike other companies. What we do know is that it appears that the workers have a diverse background, ranging from the EAF to Nigeria, and from Morocco to South Africa.

Russia

There is a large Russian speaking billionaire class in the upper level, only a small community of Russians live in the lower level, with most coming from Caucasian or Siberian backgrounds, administrating the mainly Central Asian workers of the Rosaviakosmos corp.

Western Europe (EU)

After the refugee epidemic, and with the ever shrinking working class, Western Europeans became skeptic and are against the program. Several European have nations restricted migration to Mars, making it much harder to do so for the lower class. This resulted in European migrants being almost exclusively billonaires residing in the upper level. Only the Netherlands, Belgium (due to overpopulation), Romania, Poland (due to promised investment by Wok industries) and Spain (due to the Roca Roja company) have an active migration program for the lower levels. Despite that, a thriving French, German, Dutch, etc. upper class exist.

Other Europeans

There are many Norwegian, Swiss and British billionaires residing in the upper level. There is also a lower class British community. There are also many billionaires claiming to be "Monegasque", despite the fact that Monaco has disappeared from the map for some time now.

  • Some billionaires from New Zealand and Australia reside on Mars, their numbers are only a handful.

Age

0-18yrs 19-34yrs 35-54yrs 55 & ^
18% 37% 28% 17%

Culture

Media and Entertainment

Food

Cultured Meat plays a major role on Mars. While it is only half of what a normal cattle needs, that amount of water and feed is still a lot. Combine that with the immense costs for facilities and laboratories which are essential to the process, and you have meat that costs ~50-100$ per kilo. Insect Farming is a widely used form of nutrition. It does require some resources, but it only requires about a quarter that of a normal cow, and unlike cultured meat, you don't need any special equipments or feed. Just leaves are fine enough. If we consider that, insects will likely range somewhere ~5-20$ per kilo, which is outrageously cheap if you compare it to the cultivated meat. Fungi is widely grown. Easy, cheap and flexible. It isn't water intensive. Tomato is surprisingly very water efficient, using aeroponic methods.
The daily diet of the Lower Levels will feature a lot of potatoes, insects, and green leaf vegetables. The daily diet of the Upper Levels will likely feature imported meat from Earth, with the most deluxe Bordeaux vine, complimented with fresh tree fruits, like apples or bananas.

Leisure

Education

Mutations

Clothing

Religion

Pets

Communities

The Juizhaigou Residential Building

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One of the first structures established in the new Martian colony, this apartment's relative extravagance marks it out as being built at a time when space was far more available and at least token efforts were made to provide the high standard of living promised to most of the blue-collar workers who spent their life savings to travel to the new city with their families to construct and maintain its infrastructure and life support. Today it is run down, as the affluent upper layers increasingly neglect the slums and the poor, entrapped workers who live in them, but it is nevertheless a dramatic improvement over the cramped apartments and metal shanties that most inhabitants live in, and thus an apartment has become highly sought after, the greatest height a blue-collar worker can reasonably aspire to. But more sinister eyes would also come to covet the haven the apartment building represented.

Services

Jacobi Medical Center

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With the initial influx of workers to construct the dome and the colony's initial life-support structures, there came other needs to address as well. Key among these was medical care: in the harsh Martian environment, industrial accidents were both more frequent and more dangerous than Earthside, and along with immediately life-threatening injuries there were also the myriad issues, both mundane and unusual, which would come to afflict the colonists over time: disease amid the increasingly cramped quarters of the blue-collar inhabitants, illness as a result of long-term exposure to myriad chemical compounds present in the colony's life-support systems or physical issues resulting from years, and eventually lifetimes spent in the lower Martian gravity. The Jacobi Medical Center was the answer: constructed by Aescelapia, the massive European medical conglomerate, and named after Dr. Rebecca Jacobi, an American astronaut who had perished during one of the early manned expeditions to the Red Planet, this 500-bed hospital was stocked with state-of-the-art medical equipment and a staff of highly-paid medical professionals to remained at the peak of physical health.ensure that the colony's workers

  • Now, as the colony celebrates decades of stubborn survival on an alien world, the hospital finds that the city it was intended to care for has outgrown it. As industrial accidents and contaminants stubbornly refuse to decline despite the city's burgeoning population, the initial 500 beds prove increasingly inadequate for the sheer volume of demand. The medical equipment remains in good condition, but has now begun to lag behind what is available on Earth or in the private clinics which the wealthier upper levels prefer. This is also reflected in a sharp demographic divide among the staff: every morning, nurses, orderlies, janitors and other staff commute from the slums to the central cable car station, which also bears the hospital's name, to work long, exhausting shifts for low pay in a battle to keep up with the tide of sick, injured and mentally ill, while specialists make the trip down from the upper levels and grit their teeth for the year or so required to get credentials good enough to be snapped up by a cleaner, safer and better organized private facility to tend to the city's wealthier residents. These factors come together to ensure that most who arrive for treatment these days will be given a perfunctory diagnosis and then provided with one of any number of pharmaceuticals, before being shuffled out the door with a parting request to come back if they notice any dangerous side-effects.
  • The constant revolving-door of staff means that following up on most cases, both mental and physical, is extremely difficult. The Jacobi Medical Center thus struggles on: sleepless, underpaid staff struggle to keep their heads above water amid a sea of faceless patients; a place of care and healing turned into a great machine of alienation by the pitiless demands of life on Mars.

Steiner-Lavalle Security Group

An Earth born business, originating in Germany. A mix of Blackwater and G4S, the SL Group provides PMC & cash-transit services on Earth, provides pilots and maintenance crew for the policing helicopters, as well as recruiting veterans of conflicts who have recently left Earth to work in the SWAT and High-Risk Security teams. The High-Risk Security teams handle guarding highly sensitive areas like the spaceport and the central control areas of the colony's air and water supply and recycling systems. Other forces provided by Steiner-Lavalle Group include:

  • SWAT teams
  • High-Risk Security Teams
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So as a PMC, they'd be best suited to subcontract the most militarized elements of the colony's police forces that is the SWAT teams, the High-Risk Security teams, and the armed patrol helicopters. They also provide personal security, hired purely for private security contracts on behalf of:

  • Head Offices
  • Private residences
  • Colony entry points
  • Government buildings

Weaponry

Standard S-L troops are equipped with highly deadly FG-12 flechette guns enabling them to neutralize threats or targets without any risk of damaging the dome. These flechette guns utilize highly pressurized tanks of CO2 to launch dart shaped projectiles at a speed of 2478 ft/s. The flechettes are designed specifically to combat organics and leave strong enough materials untouched. To achieve this, the flechettes are made of aluminum due to its weight and its weakness compared to other metals and have an intentionally weak structure which crumples upon impact, thus having the same effect as a 24 gauge 2 1/2 inch shotgun shell, with the penetration power of a 5.56mm NATO rifle bullet. Against unarmored enemies, such as rioters or civilian targets, the effect is devastating, being able to neutralize or severely injure the target in a single shot. Standard S-L troops possess a total of 3 x 60 flechette magazines, which are each equipped with a gas canister able to shoot all 180 rounds. High-Risk Security Team members are equipped with 5 x 30 flechette magazines, making them easier to conceal and coupled with their special FG-12-5 5 magazine flechette gun, can fire all their rounds without needing to reload, making them far deadlier than the FG-12s. For secondary weapons, all S-L troops are equipped with a 12 gauge shotgun pistol that fires 3-inch shells, as well as a 13-inch bayonet, able to be affixed to rifles or pistols. For utilities, S-L troops posses 2 12-Bang flash grenades to suppress or stun enemies.

Vehicles

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The SLSG uses several vehicles to protect or destroy. This includes, but is not limited to, Armed Patrol Helis, Ravager APC/IFVs and the City-Prowler Armed Buggy.

The Armed Patrol Helis are equipped with 2 wing mounted 3mm flechette guns, a 5mm flechette turret and 3 12-Bang grenade launchers for more effective crowd control. It has a top speed of only 60 km/h, so it is less likely to crash int the cramped airspace of the domes. Due to its methods of producing lift with small rotating wings, it is not capable of traversing outside the domes.

Moving on to the Ravager APC/IFV, it is equipped with a hydrogen cannon, firing small balls of compressed hydrogen, resulting in a brief fireball several seconds after impact, leaving most structures seared or at worst charred, and setting enemies alight. Alternatively, the Ravager APC/IFV can be outfitted with an Active Denial System, which utilizes microwaves to effectively heat up the skin of anyone unfortunate to be in its aim, making it incredibly effective for crowd control. It also possesses 4 mounting points for FG-12s or FG-12-5s, two on each side. The Ravager APC/IFV is capable of traveling outside the dome, and can achieve speeds of up to 75 km/h.

Lastly, we have the City-Prowler Armed Buggy which is equipped with a tri barrel minigun, designed to shoot rubber bullets, making it especially effective against small - medium sized crowds. The City-Prowler Armed Buggy is a nimble vehicle, able to accelerate to its top speed of 120 km/h in just 4 seconds, making it the fastest vehicle in the S-L arsenal.

Mars Police Force

The MPF is the weaker little brother of the SLSG, mostly composed of former corrupt Earth police officers. The MPF is used mainly in the lower levels, guarding less vital access areas to the colony. MPF are infamous for accepting bribes, as well as having weak backbones, folding incredibly easily under pressure.

Weaponry

Standard MPF troops can be equipped with riot shields, should the need arise, but otherwise normally carry a stun baton and a 7-inch blade knife. Officers are equipped with all of the latter, an FP-3 Flechette Pistol, and 1 12-Bang flash grenade. These weapons are only able to combat defenceless combatants, being nearly useless against armed protesters or revolters, such as demonstrated in the Rise of Free Mars.

Vehicles

The MPF possess little to no vehicles, having access to City-Prowler Armed Buggys only in Utopia. The standard riot control vehicles of the MPF are special Cable Cars, being equipped with an ADS, as well as one S-L sniper, equipped with a FG-13-S, in case enemies are out of the range of the ADS. To be able to use the ADS during riots, the common tactics are using a shield wall, and the occasional flechette or 12 Bang shot into the crowd, stunning them so the shield wall can quickly overwhelm the rioters and send them running, where all exits leading to different areas of the dome are blocked off, until, they reach a Cable Car line, at which point an MPF Cable Car will utilize its ADS to suppress, or break the riot.

Wire Fire

Alongside the Transportation sector, Wire provides the helicopters and AI to service the colonists with their fire needs.

Utilities

Most species of Algae contain chlorophyll, use sunlight as an energy source, and convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into biomass. In this process of photosynthesis the algae produce oxygen (O2). Martian scientists use this process to create both food and oxygen, powering Life Support which is critical for a functioning colony. Hydroponics are used because of their ability to be a completely closed system, as the water is reused, and a small section of the produce is reserved for feeding the fish that provide fertilizer in the form of excrement.

Recycling

Power

Transportation

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Central Sorting Exchange

Public Transport

Cable Cars AKA Wok Boxes are the most widespread source of transportation for the colony. The Wok Boxes are CONSTANTLY in motion, only stopping for power outages or other unforeseen circumstances. This is paramount for the colony's productivity. However, this is NOT an option of transportation for ALL colonists. Only "Essential" roles held by certain colonists are permitted.

Private Transport

Dual-Prop Heli

Conveyor Belts

Conveyor belts are one of the main sources of import for domes without spaceports. Conveyor belts are designed to be space efficient as the domes are already tightly packed.

Phobos & Earth Tether

Technology

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI), intelligence demonstrated machines, is widely used in the colonization of Mars. The only current variant of AI are narrow-scope machine learning algorithms, which have an essential role in daily life on Mars. Machine learning is an essential technology for the new automated industry. Trained with just a few lines of code and large databases, these algorithms are cheap to produce and can be replicated instantly. Because their field of expertise is so narrow, they get applied in groups for more complex task to be effective. On Mars these algorithm clusters are frequently used in places where complex, inter-discipline solutions aren’t necessary, such as in ice mining, oxygen production, or waste management. The most interesting example of Weak AI deployed in the history of colonization of Mars is the Caretaker.

Media

Communications

Oxygen

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It has been speculated for decades about how to bring Oxygen to Mars reliably. Researchers have developed algae that has birthed new possibilities. This algae is resilient, productive, and non-toxic. Gray Water is first filtered through the treatment plant, becoming potable water as it exits. The material that remains is used to grow and mature the algae. An extremely large pipe system is run through the algae pools. Then large fans force air through the pipes, causing the forced air to be cleaned by the algae. This then provides oxygen rich air.

Food

The solution to Mars food growth is Vertical Farming. Aeroponic Farming to be exact. It is the most water efficient form of farming for this application. Aeroponics is basically, growing without soil in the air using nutritious mist. Aeroponics enable for the growth of many types of vegetables ranging from Kale to Potatoes to Strawberries. The most efficient plant grown with Aeroponics are leaf vegetables (lettuce, kale, etc.). Potatoes will be the main staple. Rice, corn, and wheat all require massive amounts of water, nearly ten times more than potatoes. Potatoes are very dense in carbohydrates and vitamins, they are also cheap to produce using the Aeroponic method.

Water

Recycling

Nothing on Mars goes to waste. This is mostly due to the revolutionary recycling process created for the Martian colony.

Robotics

All physical tasks that can be done autonomously are done so by a type of programmable apparatus. Examples include harvesting food, 3-D printing, piloting Transport Helicopters etc. Therefore, most occupations involve some type of computer programming.

Law & Government

Taxes

Bìfēnggǎng Tax

This tax, AKA the "Safe Haven Tax" is paid to Kusem and his Juizhaigou Organization, by those grateful for a comparatively spacious apartment and the protection from theft and other petty crime their presence offers. With corrupt police bribed to secure the entrance in order to keep those outside his circle out while his contraband and foot soldiers pass through freely, the Juizhaigou and its slowly fading facade of luxury are a powerful symbol of how the dream of colonizing a world beyond our own has, for many, become an inescapable nightmare.

Wok Tax

“Wishing Well” Tax

Policies

Colonist Arrival

Colonist Departure

Political Overview

Legends, Lore, & Folk Tales

Sewer Surfers

Bandits who use the sewer system to get in and out of the city illegally to gather and trade. As the city has grown, so has the need for water and sewage. Thus, the labyrinth of pipes has been added-to, re-routed, and some areas are completely new. It is said that the leader of this group has schematics of every sub-level pipe constructed. It is rumored that this leader is in ex employee of the company that ran these pipes for construction of the dome.

Fly-By Graffiti