Opposition: Mars

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They say Mars is the graveyard of ambitions. Partially terraformed and populated largely by tribes of genetically modified colonists, one might wonder why the nations of Earth have any interest in a hostile planet like Mars. For a diverse group of North American Marines, asking why isn't part of the job description. Instead, their job is to hunt down Martian insurgents to help bring peace and stability to the Mariner Valley region. To do so, they'll leverage the impressive technology of a 24th century military force, but it will take a human touch to truly get results. The Marines will have to balance the needs of their mission with their desire to bring all of their brothers and sisters home alive, all while mysterious forces with centuries of planning on their side seem intent on drawing Earth, Luna and Mars into all out war. With the stakes so high, the lowest Marine's actions could have far reaching consequences that affect all of humanity.

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Maps

  • Map of Mars Global Map
  • Map of Interplanetary Travel Map - 31 October 2310

    Traditional orbital maps of the Sol system are of little use to 24th century interplanetary travelers. These static fixtures convey very little useful information for planning voyages beyond Earth. In the past century, travel agencies have devised more intuitive animated maps that provide more useful information relative to the point of departure (in this case Earth). At the top of this graphic is an Orbital Range Chart or "Orbit Slot" map, showing the maximum and minimum distances from Earth for a given planet or important object. The planet "rides" along this slot to show its current distance and direction of travel. This gives travelers a rough idea of ideal launch windows and whether the planet or object is approaching or retreating from Earth which can impact travel times and fuel costs.   While the map defaults to the current time and date, users can scroll forward or backward in time to preview a time when launch conditions may be more ideal.   Below the slot map are four orbital maps. The maps each depict a satellite system around one of the major planets of the Sol system. NOTE: Uranus and Neptune are not depicted due to the high resource cost to travel there. Only specialized exploratory missions are currently available for these planets and their moons, and even these are relatively rare. These maps are always oriented relative to Earth, with the exception of the Earth system, which is oriented to Sol. Another anomaly of the Earth system is the hollow diamond showing the "ghost" location of Most Mira Station - Мост Мира Станция which was destroyed in October 2301. Most Mira is the first major satellite to be removed from orbital charts in the modern era, so many cartographers have opted not to remove the icon from their maps. Instead, Most Mira's "ghost" continues to mark its historic orbital path that it would continue to follow had it not been destroyed. This is also the location of memorial Nav Markers which tourists can visit at the former location of Most Mira, giving the map icon a practical function.