Fight for the Horizon


The year was 2398. Thanks to the discovery of terraforming in 2200, the moon was made habitable without sealed living conditions by 2278. Thanks to the improvements in spaceflight during the 23rd century after the moon’s colonization, Earth was able to begin terraforming Mars in 2300. Due to its harsher conditions, Mars would take longer to terraform than the moon had, but by 2405 at the dawn of the 25th century, 87% of Mars was suitable for colonization. After the first colonists went down to Mars and began colonizing it in 2440, it rapidly began expanding into another full fledged planet. By 2600, Mars had its own stable economy and a United Citizens system much more stable than the countries and UN of Earth. By 2752 Mars was blooming and more and more people were leaving Earth for Mars. Despite drastic measures started in 2065 by most countries to eliminate pollution and save the environment, Earth grew more and more polluted. By 2900 the population of the moon outnumbered Earth’s, and Mars contained the majority of the human populace. When 3000 came there was no order or government left on Earth, and the Moon was in worse and worse odor with the people of Mars. The people of the Moon remained in a technological standstill, since they had always depended on Earth for technological advances, and Mars cut them off from all but the most basic trade.

This all changed in 3147. Mars’ government detected an asteroid that would hit in less than a year. They managed to evacuate the populace from that section of the planet in time, but the damage was huge. 20% of the planet was stoned back into Mars’ original barren condition, and the government was left with the entire population from that area filing into the rest of the planet.

They might have recovered from that if not for the earthquakes. In 3150 massive earthquakes started hitting throughout Mars. Seismologists could not figure out if they were caused by the asteroid’s impact, or if they were natural phenomena. Either way when they ended in 3156, Mars’ population had endured six years of pure hell. The government was intact, but Mars was in ruins. Little by little, and try as they might Mars’ best scientists couldn’t figure out why, Mars’ original surface began taking over. By 3190 it was apparent that the progress wasn’t going to stop, and over half the planet was already barren and uninhabitable. Finally the minority in government grew larger. “We have to go back to Earth!” they said. The government was split in two, but finally they sent an emissary ship with a squad of top notch soldiers back to Earth with the hopes of negotiating with the Moon about their return. Meanwhile the Moon had been having problems with certain elements of its military that wanted to take Mars by force in it’s time of crisis after the asteroid impact. The government had kept them from attacking, but it had also prevented them from sending help after the asteroid hit Mars. The rebels from the army had established various bases in the space above Earth and between Earth and the moon. They had destroyed or captured every ship sent from Mars after 3150. Whether they were trade ships or diplomatic vessels. Now the emissary ship from Mars approaches Earth’s space, containing 6 of the best soldiers Mars has to offer, and a specially shielded emissary ship to get them safely to the Moon. However unknown to them, there is a rebel outpost stuck right between them and their target the Moon. As they draw closer, an encounter becomes inevitable.


About Dominic Ricci

Dominic has worked in the industry as both a producer and designer, absorbing many skill sets and branching out as much as he can with his experience to be as competitive as possible. He feels video games are the premier medium for thoughts and expressions in the world, and he wants to help make those experiences as successful as possible. Outside of work, health and fitness are also passions that Dominic holds, and nothing is more fun than going to the gym and then crashing at home to play a game with some friends.
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