The Martian Confederacy

Introduction

The Martian Confederacy is the second largest of the stellar nations in both population and economy. Its origins are traced back to the original United Earth Parliament settlers, who eventually rebelled against their home government, resulting in the Martian War of Independence of June 2079.

When the war ended, the Treaty of Phobos declared that the Martian government was an independent, sovereign world, thereby forming the Martian Confederacy on October 11, 2079.

During the Great Scientific Rebellion, some of the brightest scientists defected from the UEP and became employed by the Confederacy’s government and private industry. Aside from adopting Stellar Jump Drive technology, the new Confederacy scientists produced many other innovative and exotic technologies.

The most controversial of these was created under Project Longbeam, a government-funded initiative to develop a matter teleportation device. Longbeam scientists theorized they could use quantum entanglement to teleport matter across great distances, using The Ocean as the digital transport. The Confed’s hope was to invent technology that would allow it to transfer material resources using The Ocean— thereby eliminating the need for physical transportation of domestic goods.

Although a classified project, intelligence regarding Longbeam leaked out and nearly sparked an interstellar war, with the United Earth Parliament, Venusian Initiative, and Space Habitat Coalition threatening an invasion of Mars. The opposition forced the Confederacy to drop the project and all material on the scientists’ research was destroyed. The Treaty of Phobos was immediately amended to classify teleportation technology in the same vein as AI technology, thereby outlawing it.

During the AI War, it was widely believed that the Confederacy was not fully committed against the AI— however; evidence shows that the Confed did indeed contribute significantly to the war effort, with its military technology being instrumental in the final battle against Majesty. In addition, the AI War significantly devastated the Martian Confederacy’s home world, much of its population suffering because of the war.

Stellar Geography

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Home World:
Mars, Sol System

Spatial claims:
The entire planet of Mars and its moons.
Orbital stations:  Aeneas-1, Ares-2, Clark-2, Deimos-2, Deimos-3, Kepler-1, Phobos-1, Phobos-2, Phobos-3, Romulus-1, Romulus-2

People

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Population:
28,219,202 (July 2211 est.)

Population growth rate:
+0.32% (2212 est.)

Languages:
English 87%, Chinese 10%, other 3%


Government

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World name:
Mars

Conventional long form:
Martian Confederacy

Abbreviation:
MC or Confed

Government type:
Constitutional republic

Capital:
Name: Elysium City, Elysium
Location: Mars, Sol System

Heads of Government:
(Since February 2210)

President:
Xavier Sandborn

Vice President:
Chin-Lan Sun

Secretary of Peace:
Sedrick Xanthus

Secretary of Education, Science & Exploration:
Lorena Nelson

Secretary of Industry:
Riddick Vernon

Secretary of Infrastructure:
Louis Carlisle

Secretary of Ethics & Justice:
Susan Chung

 

Economy 

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The Martian economy is the second largest of the stellar nations, with a GSI of 67Tc (per capita GSI @ 272Kc) The Confed is a free market economy with a focus on science & technology, and the promotion of innovative ideas. Interstellar exports comprise 68% of the Martian GSI, making them heavily dependent on interstellar trade. In recent years, tourism has produced an additional revenue stream for the government and private industries. The government’s current efforts to diversify its revenue have been largely ineffective.

Martian corporations are primarily focused on science and research. The Industry Cabinet provides generous support and grants to these corporations, but heavily scrutinizes all non-science corporations and imposes many restrictions to foreign companies operating within its sovereign territories.

Despite the challenges, the Martian economy is still healthy and expected to prosper with steady growth, low inflation, and rapid advances in technology.

Intellectual Proprietorship Council (IPC)

In an effort to maintain its technological advantage, the Martian Confederacy formed a special cabinet called the Intellectual Proprietorship Council (IPC). The IPC’s sole function is to operate, maintain and provide oversight of the Science Proprietorship Program (SPP).

Through the SPP, Martian citizens can easily form their own research institute called a Scientific Proprietorship (SP). While operating an SP, the citizen is the sole employee and researcher. An SP operator must identify a problem to solve that will benefit the Martian population and/or scientific community. The IPC will usually approve the request for an SP if another SP is not currently working on the problem, or if the existing SP has shown little progress.

Terms of employment under an SP can last no longer than five years, but can sometimes be extended if the SP can produce evidence of significant progress in the research. Once approved, the IPC will fund and provide the SP unlimited support until the term is completed.

While operating an SP, the citizen must temporarily change their name to the SP project title. When the term is completed, the SP project title is permanently appended to the citizen’s file as a former name; thereby permanently associating them with the success (or failure) of the project.

If an SP project is successful, all intellectual property belongs to the SP operator for a period of three years— providing an additional source of income to them even after the term is over.


Infrastructure

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As with all the other worlds, The Ocean is engrained in the Confed’s terrestrial and stellar processes and resource exchanges. For decades, The Ocean’s central root transponders were physically located on the UEP’s home world Earth.

At the end of the UEP-Confed war, one of the mandates in the Treaty of Phobos required the decentralization of The Ocean, opening up the other stellar worlds to host their own root transponders. The Martian Confederacy immediately took advantage of this; not only hosting their own root transponders, but tweaking them to better suit the research and development needs of its local scientist population.


Military

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Terrestrial Armed Forces

The Confed is tied with the Venusian Initiative for having the second largest combined military of all the interstellar worlds, comprised of terrestrial and stellar armed forces. Its terrestrial forces are divided into two distinct branches: The Civic Guard and the Praetorian Guard.

The Civic Guard are a local police force responsible for enforcing laws and protecting its citizens from civil disorder. They are mainly equipped with small arms and terrestrial vehicles.

The Praetorian Guard are an air and land military force. Their primary duty during peacetime is to enforce local laws, provide support to citizens when needed, and maintain the safety of all air and land shipping. In time of war, the Praetorian Guard’s mission is to defend Mars from terrestrial invasions.

Stellar Armed Forces

The stellar armed forces are solely comprised of the Confed Navy (includes Praetorian Peacekeeper Corps). During peacetime, the Confed Navy’s duty is to protect all Martian stellar assets from any threats such as piracy or other criminal activities. During wartime, the Confed Navy’s mission is to destroy or disable enemy stellar navies and protect all Confederacy assets from a stellar attack.

Military Technologies

The Confed Navy is comprised of human-operated military assets, primarily stellar cruisers and fighters. Although a much smaller force than the UEP, the Confed Navy makes up for this by having superior stealth technology, making its fleet virtually undetectable when submerged in the shroud. Both the Praetorian Guard and Praetorian Peacekeeper Corps operate terrestrial military assets such as hybrid stellar/aerial fighters and mechanized robotic forces.


Transtellar Issues

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Even after the Treaty of Phobos, tensions between the Martian Confederacy and the United Earth Parliament have never fully eased. Shortly after the treaty, the UEP accused the Confed of continuing to harbor AI technology, forcing a multi-world team of inspectors to search for evidence of the outlawed technology on Martian soil. Despite not finding any evidence, the UEP has remained distrustful of the Confed and continues to raise the AI issue during Interstellar Peace Alliance conferences.