League Members: Ashoka, Elysium, Noctis-Quinjiao,
Olympus, Valles-New Shanghai, plus over a dozen
Memes: Martian Nationalism
A loose coalition of the planet’s major independent
settlements, elected members form a committee rep-
resenting the population in matters concerning or
affecting the majority of its habitats and settlements.
Prominent debates revolve around the scienti c ap-
proach of the ongoing terraforming process as well
as trade and taxation restrictions initiated by the
Planetary Consortium and its member hypercorps.
The League’s committee is rarely united in its agenda
and opinion, and tensions are increasingly on the rise.
The cities with strong hypercorp ties are accused of
dominating council affairs, manipulating matters
behind the scenes, failing to do anything about the
TITAN Quarantine Zone (p. 94), and selling out
Martian interests to the hypercorps and the Planetary
Consortium (of which many are also part). In re-
sponse, the non-Consortium cities are condemned for
advocating anti-hypercorp initiatives, passively block-
ing terraforming measures, and for maintaining ties to
the Barsoomians—the Martian underclass resistance
living in the desolate and unstable outskirts.
The outer system presented an opportunity for people
who wanted to set up a way of doing things that was
drastically different from the authoritarian politics
and sham democracies of Earth and the inner system.
Far from the reach of governments and hypercorps,
this frontier was populated by political radicals, social
dropouts, and people who just
wanted to experiment or do their
own thing. These initial habitats
drew the interests of insurgents
the formation of this new power bloc with bemused
resentment, the Barsoomians on Mars and the outer
system autonomists view the Venusians as free-think-
ing reformists rather than anti-hypercorp radicals. The
population reportedly enjoys great liberties in morph
and enhancement technologies together with freedom