The planet Mars has beckoned humans since the dawn of time. Terran colonization began at the middel of the Twenty-first century. By century end, almost ten million had made this planet their new home.
The Martian atmosphere and terrian was at that time very different. With a gravity a third of that of the home world, it gave researchers and adventurers a taste of future extra solar exploration. It also gave scientist an enviroment to establish the Cydonia Terraforming Initiative. The project lasted over fifty years and was composed of three cycles. The first, comprised of warming the frigid air with the use of super green house gasses. This would free the frozen water tables located at the poles and under the soil. The second phase included the introduction of genetically enhanced plants that could rapidly reproduce and oxygenate the atmosphere. The last phase included the construction of solar heaters that would help maintain and manage global temperature.
The "New Mars," as many call it, is much different today. Equipped with a viable biosphere and ecology, it is no longer thought as the "red planet." For example, the northern hemisphere is occupied by the Cydonia Ocean. The thousands of canals and craters on the surface have become lakes and other waterways. Forest, grasslands, and plains stretch out as far as the eye can see. In many regions, it is no longer evident that this was once a barren and desolate rock.
There are about seven hundred communities scattered mostly in the equatorial regions. The majority of these are located in craters and canyon networks as a result of the early days when atmospheric conditions were still harsh. The newer settlements are located on the surface and tend to be larger in population than the older ones.
The capitol of Mars is Tybor. It is also the financial center for the planet. Places of interest include the Katachi spaceport, the headquarters for Novium, the Gauntlet anti-meteor defense system, the Opel wildlife reserve, and the Cydonia Mystery Reserve. Of course these are just a sample of what one may find here.