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The tiny rover sat half buried in drifting red sands, tilted, almost precariously too far to one side.  The roll down into the crater would be fatal for the antique vehicle as jagged rocks lined the way down and the fall off of the final cliff would be more than 20 meters to the rugged bowl below.
 
The quiet of the Martian evening was interrupted by a rapidly growing rumbling of the ground.  Small rocks dislodged and rolled down the crater's incline, some bouncing off the rover before continuing the trip down to the crater's bottom.
 
The rover itself began to shake as the ground's rumbling increased until, suddenly, it was over.  Tank treads that dwarfed the rover overshadowed it and then pulverized it into the rock and sand as a gargantuan vehicle tore deep ruts in the surface and threw dust into the air.
 
The Mark III Ogre sped around the inside lip of the crater to gain an advantageous position calculated for maximum firing effect.  Loosing a volley from its secondary batteries, the Ogre vaporized an unseen enemy beyond the far side of the crater before it could react.  The Ogre rumbled on toward its next target.

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The highlight of the second manned mission to Mars in 2014 was the discovery of large deposits of water under the southern hemisphere's sands.  This precious resource paved the way for colonization of the red planet.  The North American Combine started the first permanent colony in 2021 with 14 people.  It quickly grew to several hundred over the next decade.  A few years after that, it was self-sufficient. The Paneuropeans were not far behind with a base started in 2023 but technical problems and suspicious accidents delayed construction efforts.
 
By 2035, the Nihon Empire and other independent states and private concerns had small bases dotted across the rust red plains.  The Martian population developed and grew quickly.  Growth continued without much help from earth and Mars became self-sufficient.
 
The Terran war of 2070 did not directly affect the Mars colonies mostly because they chose not to take sides and elevate the conflict on their own turf.  The pioneer spirit of the inhabitants kept them on an even keel throughout the conflict.  Basic survival took up most of their efforts, providing air and food for the growing population was of paramount importance.  Politics were relegated to the back burner.  Overall, the Martians had a hopeful and optimistic outlook on life.  Their population, being made up of the best and brightest the earth had to offer, had a vision of Mars being new beginning for mankind.
 
With that aloofness of feeling that war is beneath them and that Martians are a better lot than earthers, almost all of the colonies ignored orders from home to go to war.  Those few others could do little more than harass the other colonies from time to time.


 
Yet even while most of the colonists maintained a cautiously peaceful attitude while the earthlings blasted each other, the level of mutual trust slowly began to erode.  All of the Paneuropean and Combine bases on Mars secretly start arming themselves in the late 80's.  To overcome the higher production levels of their competitors, Paneuropean bases stockpiled some of the most advanced weaponry available to them from earth.
 
It is now December 2092 and the Paneuropean forces on earth are suffering major setbacks.  The population of the Martian colonies will soon outstrip air and food manufacturing capabilities.  The relatively peaceful political atmosphere on Mars is rapidly vanishing; the sporadic raids by independent forces are a major concern and almost all communication from Earth has been disrupted.
 
Combine forces launch a preemptive attack against a Paneuropean factory and both sides begin the struggle to control the resources that will keep their forces viable.  Will the survivors have enough basic resources to stay alive?  The Battle for Mars begins!

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 by Joe Revesz.

* Picture courtesy Pan Pacific Alliance.

 

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