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The Game Universe (Should Read)
A description of the Game's setting, in plain English.

DM's Note: I unashamedly steal from any media source I find interesting. Movies, TV, Comic Books, Video Games... you name it. If any of you are familiar with the TV show The Expanse; you're going to recognize a vast majority of this. It's a good show and the science is believable (which for a Star Wars/Trek fan, is pretty refreshing). So, if this offends anyone I apologize... but I'm still gonna do it. #sorrynotsorry


GENERAL INFORMATION
Slip Gates are the primary mode of transit in the galaxy, allowing for near instant travel between gates. However, space travel the old fashioned way is still very much a reality, and has improved immensely over the last 150 years. If the galaxy were a map; the Slip gates would be the Highways allowing people to get from city to city quickly and easily while normal space travel would be the country back roads. Both will get you where you're going, it's just a perspective of time.

In 2017, Mars, being roughly 55 million km from Earth would take a ship roughly 300 days to reach. In, 2177, that's been reduced to just over 12 days. So, even without the Slip Gates, the galaxy is an open book for us at this point.


THE WAR BETWEEN EARTH AND MARS
In 2120 Mars and the Belt, bolt Earth colonies at the time, decided that they had had enough of being ruled from afar. They declared independence. Knowing that Earth might be strong enough to retake either of them individually, Mars and the Belt formed the Outer Planets Alliance. The Belt, with little to no defense capability at the time, was forced to submit to Mars almost as heavily as it had to Earth. The Belt's only bargaining chip was it's VAST amount of raw resources scattered among it's asteroids.

This lead to a, relatively, short but brutal conflict between Earth and Mars. There were only a handful of engagements but in the end, half of the Earth and Martian fleets had been consumed in the fighting. Earth Naval Command (ENC) and the Martian Marine Fleet (Fleet) called an armistice and an end to the fighting. No treaty has ever been signed, so technically, Earth and Mars are still at war. However each has been content to take a step back, trade, and talk of peace in the form of trying their best to ignore each other. Each planet gets what it needs from the other to survive. There is the occasionally debate and posturing, each side moving it's battle cruisers in shows of force, patrolling a part of the galaxy more heavily, and of course, lots of secrets and back door deals.

In the last few years there have been mounting rumors that the Belt has grown unhappy in it's alliance with Mars. It has become a common sentiment among Belters that they simply traded the yoke of one master for that of another. Obviously, Mars has been less than happy. In response to these rumors Mars has subtly increased it's Fleet presence in the region and quietly begun to cut back on resource shipments, claiming everything from deliveries running late to piracy. Unable to produce it's own food or water in necessary quantities the Belt has fallen on hard times. Rationing of both food and water have become common.

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Factions of the Galaxy: Earth
Earth now consists of the Planet Earth, The Moon (renamed Luna in 2087), and about 20 space colonies all working together in harmony. Citizens are free to come and go to any earth controlled colony with little regulation other than an ID scan. The United nations, an organization already formed of hundreds of states around the globe, quickly fell into place as the ruling government when humanity reached beyond it's world. The Secretary-General of the UN is now the officially elected world leader. Public elections are held every five years, with each Secretary-General being allowed 2 full terms. However, their is debate as to whether or not the public vote really matters, as the final say for who becomes Secretary-General is ultimately in the hands of the UN Security Council.

Earth, like it's counterpart, plays host to Martian embassies and Martian ambassadorial personnel. Just like the old days, Martian embassies, the land they are built on, and the airspace above them are all considered to be Martian soil and are subject to Martian law.

As of 2170 the population of the Planet Earth is roughly 11 billion people. Luna hosts a population of 2.8 Billion (roughly the population of modern day India and China combined) and the Colonies total roughly 700 million people, or roughly 35 million (about the population of Canada) each.

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Factions of the Galaxy: Mars
Mars is still a mostly barren rock, requiring anyone travelling outside it's massive domed cities to wear a self contained EVA suit. Life on Mars can be harsh. The cities are over populated, cramped, and crime ridden. Expansion of the Domed cities proves difficult and slow as any accident or sub par construction could lead to venting the cities atmosphere, killing the entire population in a matter of minutes. Despite this Mars continues to boost population growth with financial subsidies, inheritable land rights, and social programs aimed at increasing the birth rate; which currently stands at 8.47 children per woman. Why would an already grossly overpopulated society push for more people? Simple, Carbon Dioxide. While every martian is encouraged to keep and grow plants, be they houseplants or rooftop gardens, only about 15% of a domed city's CO2 is taken up by these plants. The rest is carefully vented into the atmosphere. Combined with chlorine flourate producing Terraforming factories spread across the planet's surface, the process of making Mars a habitable planet is well underway. Unfortunately, the short lived war with Earth in 2120 cost Mars dearly in it's terraforming process. Valuable resources, financing, and personnel had to be diverted for the war effort. It is estimated that this conflict set back the terraforming of Mars by almost a century.

Outsiders often see Mars as a dictatorial regime, spouting propaganda to brainwashed citizens. The truth is, the Martian population is uniquely singular minded in it's desire for a terraformed, habitable planet. Almost every individual alive today on Mars knows that they will likely never see a green Mars in their lifetime. But, are instead, working toward the singular goal of a better life, a better world, for those they will leave behind. This desire is present in every day life. Mars leads the galaxy in recycling, green energy, and resource management technology. Unfortunately, Mars also leads the galaxy in domestic military spending and law enforcement. Some might even call the Martian government paranoid, but when your entire population lives within fragile bubbles in the vacuum of space... being paranoid isn't necessarily a bad thing. Especially when you take into account that a single saboteur with a well placed explosive charge could easily commit mass genocide to the tune of 98 million people, or destroy one of the vital Terraforming factories.

As of 2170 the population of Mars is approximately 7.5 billion (almost the exact population of 2017 Earth), spread throughout 72 domed cities (roughly 98 million per city).
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Factions of the Galaxy: The Belt
People who complain about how difficult life is on Mars have never been to the Belt. While being made up of trillions of asteroids and other planetary debris, more than 75% of asteroids in the belt are small hunks of carbon somewhere between the size of a basketball and a midsize sedan. Only four bodies in the Belt are large enough to maintain steady populations. Ceres, being a dwarf planet, is the largest and most populated of the four followed by Vesta, Pallas, and Hygiea.

The Belt is built for utility and industry. There's little to no decoration. Belter living quarters are cut into decomissioned mining tunnels, freestanding structures are often constructed from abandoned shipping containers, and the entire facility is all duct work, heavy power lines, cramped utility tunnels, and the constant sound of dripping water. Repairs are often quick and dirty to get production back on track. As such these asteroids are so complicated and complex it's a miricle they're still functional.

There is no artificial gravity in the Belt. The ruling corporations like it this way. It's far more cost effective for a single operator to be able to move thousands of pounds of cargo single-handedly than having to pay to train a grunt to pilot a Frame, or hire more expensive, competently trained Frame pilots. The problem, of course, is that humans aren't designed for long term zero gravity life. Bone density loss and reduction of muscle mass are the biggest problems. Other significant effects include a slowing of cardiovascular system functions, decreased production of red blood cells, balance disorders, eyesight disorders and a weakening of the immune system. Despite having required time in gravity (on Mars typically) and specialized exercise equipment many Belters suffer from these afflictions.

As of 2170 the population of the Belt consists of roughly 9 million people living upon Ceres, 7.5 million on Vesta, 4.3 million on Pallas, 2 million on Hygiea, and approximately 4 million spread throughout various stations and industrial sites within the belt. This makes the population of the entire belt about 26.8 million in total.

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