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Mars (Sol IV) was the fourth planet in the Sol system and the capital planet of the Confederated Martian Colonies, a Federation Member State.

OverviewEdit

Technological breakthroughs made after first contact with the Vulcans made terraforming Mars much more feasible and warming the planet was accomplished in a fraction of the time 21st century scientists had predicted. Water and oxygen were liberated from the subterranean permafrost and genetically engineered bacteria were introduced into the terrain. This began the terraforming process. There were colonists on Mars as early as 2103, but they needed atmospheric suits in order to breathe outside a biosphere. Not quite one hundred years after that, Mars possessed a breathable atmosphere. The earliest colonists utilized local Martian resources to build habitable structures, including basaltic regolith. Refined and mixed with water, it forms a crude concrete. This process was far more efficient than trying to bring building materials from Earth. (VOY novel: Mosaic)

In spite of undergoing the process of terraforming as early as the 22nd century, by the 24th century water covered only 10% of the surface of Mars. Most of it was concentrated in small fresh water lakes which were the result of impact craters. As of 2350 the atmosphere of Mars was fully breathable by Humans, although ultra violet radiation from the sun still required some measure of protection before stepping out onto the surface. (Decipher RPG module: Worlds)

HistoryEdit

The Core
The Core walks on Mars.
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Verna Mitrios was the first person from Earth to set foot on Mars. (ST - The Lost Era novel: Serpents Among the Ruins)

The first humans to walk on Mars were an international team of astronauts sometime after 2009. A crucial member of the team was The Core. (ST performance: "Star Trek Live")

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Earth's Ares IV over Mars in 2032
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Mars was one of the first planets colonized by Human race who began their efforts in 2103. (VOY episode: "The 37's") It became the first fully established colony of United Earth. Colonization of the planet involved a primitive form of terraforming that involved Zubrin craters where each transparent nanoplastic membranes being placed around each crater on the surface whereupon an alteration of each few thousand hectares of lands biosphere. Thus, an attempt was made to terraform the world; one crater at a time. To oversee the development process of Mars surface, Earth awarded a license to a business body known as the Consortium that handled the terraforming and development of the planet. (TOS novel: Preserver)

In the purges that followed the Eugenics Wars, many of the offspring of Khan Noonien Singh's augmented followers secretly resettled areas like Mars, Alaska, Luna, and the Sahara Reclamation Zone, where life was hard enough to ensure few people asked probing questions. (TNG novel: Infiltrator)

Among those that migrated to Mars included the southwestern Native American tribes who refused to surrender their sovereignity to the United Earth government. These groups formed their own tribal nations on Mars such as the Hopi-Pueblo who settled on the planet by 2109. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Within just a few years, however, a general uprising known as the War of Martian Independence occurred in support of Martian sovereignty (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing) The incident brought about the destruction of Gundersdotter's Dome and the assassination of Rayla Gundersdotter by Consortium militiamen with the business organization having its license revoked. (TOS novel: Preserver) This movement culminated with the drafting of the Fundamental Declarations of the Martian Colonies, which became one of the most important documents addressing individual rights in Federation history (TOS episode: "Court Martial") and in the independence of the Martian colonies and establishment of the Confederated Martian Colonies with the Assembly of the Martian Colonies being its ruling body. Despite this being the case, the Martian Colonies became little more than a political satelite of the United Earth government and was considered less important compared to Alpha Centauri III and Earth which had much larger populations on their surface. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

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The Verteron array fires.
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In 2155, Mars was the site of the Verteron Array, a powerful device designed to keep asteroids and other planetoids away from Earth and other important locales in the Sol System. That year, the anti-alien terrorist group known as Terra Prime attempted to hijack the array to destroy the headquarters complex of the United Earth Starfleet in order to force all non-Humans out of the Sol System. The attempt failed with the intervention of the crew of Enterprise (NX-01). (ENT episodes: "Demons", "Terra Prime") As part of Humans' colonization efforts, Mars was in the process of being terraformed in the mid-22nd century, by redirecting comets to impact the planet and release their frozen gases into the thin Martian atmosphere. (ENT episode: "Terra Prime") In the early stages of the Earth-Romulan War, there were many fears that the Romulan Star Empire would strike at Mars. (ENT novel: Beneath the Raptor's Wing)

Mars was the location of the city of Utopia Planitia, and Starfleet's Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. (VOY episode: "The 37's"; TNG episode: "Encounter at Farpoint") In 2161, the Confederated Martian Colonies became one of the first states to join the United Federation of Planets after its founding. (ST reference: Star Charts.) Beginning on reference stardate 1/9010, the Mars shipyards were a major contributor of ships to the growing numbers of Loknar-class frigates entering service. (FASA RPG module: Federation Ship Recognition Manual)

The Martian Federation Councillor was among those being briefed about the Genesis Device in 2286. (TNG novel: The Genesis Wave, Book 1) In 2376, Mars was listed as the host location of a current or past marathon. (New Worlds, New Civilizations short story: "The Footfalls of Tradition")

Alternate timelineEdit

In an alternate timeline in which Khan Noonien Singh won the Eugenics Wars, the Khan was also the first Human to set foot on Mars. (ST - Myriad Universes novella: Seeds of Dissent)

GeographyEdit

Bodies of WaterEdit

SettlementsEdit

Points of InterestEdit

PeopleEdit

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The Carl Sagan Memorial Station on Mars.
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Notable MartiansEdit

Members of Jean-Luc Picard's family were also among the earliest Martian settlers. (TNG movie: Star Trek Generations)

Other Martian ResidentsEdit

ApocryphaEdit

The Last Unicorn RPG The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon, published by Last Unicorn Games after they had lost their Star Trek licence, states that prior to the Breen attack on Earth in late-2375, the Breen fleet attacked the Mars Defense Perimeter.

ConnectionsEdit

the planet Mars
cities and settlements Ares CityBradbury CityBradbury TownshipBurroughs CityCochraneCydoniaEnduranceGunderdottir's DomeNew ChicagoNew ClintonNew VeniceNova AresPhillipstownPopé PuebloRobinson TownshipSagan StationUtopia colonyWells City Ufp-emblem
regions and provinces Amazon PlanitiaMartian Colony 3Utopia Planitia (Nova AresUtopia colony)
geography Arisia MonsOlympus MonsTerra StrenumValles Marineris
bodies of water Apallinaris LakeCopernicus LakeHershel LakeLake CassiniLake HuygensLake LowellLake LyotLake MlarcovikLake PhillipsMapler LakeMie Lake
outposts and installations Fort KileyFort LincolnMarsbase/Mars BaseUtopia Planitia Fleet Yards (Utopia Planitia ControlUtopia Station One)
planets visited by the USS Voyager
various times Karenzaa
2371 MarsOcampa VMarkov-KaltoBaneaFGC-486237 planetSikaris IIIPlanet HellAlcawellVeruna IVAvery III
2372 TarokSobrasRunara IVNew EarthHanon IV
2373 Hanon IVAkritiriArakis PrimeDernovinBirsiba
2374 Mari homeworld
2375
2376 Vaadwaur PrimeWeird PlanetBrunali homeworld
2377 ChiDinaal IVQuarraUxal IVNew TalaxEarth
2378 Loran IIQo'noS
2381 PersephoneArk PlanetFirst World
planets visited by ships named Saratoga
USS Saratoga Guldammur IVMariphasa IVThetalian Prime
USS Saratoga Mars

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