SNN Special Report – Census Bureau Mars Situation Findings Published

By Johnson Frederick on March 12th, 2181

This is Johnson Frederick with the latest results of the SevCol-requested and financed study into the possible effects on the economy and living conditions on Mars, in the event of roughly half the population no longer following the Mars’ computers directives.

As you are all no doubt aware, that is one of the likely scenarios as a result of the current disagreements on Mars. Some specialists argued that there would be negligible effect, as experienced individuals would continue to do the job and do what’s needed. Other experts pointed to the delicate balance of each individual dome, and the even more fragile ecosystem of all domes combined. Coupled with time-critical and for humans, hard to predict but required actions, these experts predicted a partial or complete collapse of the economy and possibly even society on Mars.

With predictions amongst experts varying so wildly, the world of predictive experts was shocked roughly a week ago, when Jeans James, a PhD at Luna university, presented a paper with the results of adapting his predictive model for bacteria growth in semi-joined vessels, to the situation in Mars. This model was unique, in that none of the experts at the time could find a fault with its method. Hence, the results were of special interest, but mister Jeans, upon the request of SevCol, postponed the results of his findings. SevCol requested this due to the volatile nature of the current situation, and promised to spare no effort in going over this model and improving upon it, letting the Census Bureau work alongside mister James, throughout the week.

Some have reported that work on the model has been going on for 24 hours a day for the last six days, with many of the mathematicians and statisticians working well into the night, working in shifts, and running the simulation on well over a thousand computers at once.

The results of these simulations have now been published, with the caveat that peer review is currently ongoing.

The results of the preliminary, limited model of Jeans James predicted a partial societal collapse, with an almost complete collapse of the economy, and a partial collapse of society. Recovery of the society would take 20 years +/- 15 years, and the economic recovery would take 30 years +/- 40 years. This result was interesting, but as you can see, the uncertainty of the results were rather high.

The improved model came up with somewhat more precise results, as well as separate results for each of the Mars’ domes. The results for each dome will be published after more model and peer review, as the results have a lower certainty, but the overall results were estimated to be ready for public consumption.

The Census James’ Model for Mars’ Running With 50% Separated From The Mars Computer (name still being workshopped) estimates that the impact on the Mars’ domes will be severe. It shows an almost immediate decrease in efficiency in all of the domes, leading to a decrease in production, leading to a sharp decline in economic power for all of the domes. THis decrease in efficiency could be brought back to roughly 85% of current in 5 to 10 years, assuming competent leadership. This is for the domes choosing to go independent of the Mars’ Computer. The domes trying to follow the directives of this computer are far worse off, with a recovery time estimated to be well over 40 years if they continue to follow the computers’ directives.

The effects of the increase in weird directives from the computer has so far not been studied, but a preliminary probe by the Census Bureau into the possible effects have shown that although the effects of these weird directives are currently likely negligible, the amount of directives is experiencing a steady growth. If they start to interfere or replace the ‘ useful’ directives, this could well start leading to a measurable decrease in efficiency.

SevCol has so far declined to comment, stating that these results bear careful consideration, and that an official statement from SevCol will follow in a day or two.

Lastly, due to popular request, the Census Bureau has created a process for the Mars’ domes to request and receive the predicted effects for their dome, as long as a contract is signed, stating the knowledge of the receiver of the inherent uncertainties of such a model on such a reduced scale.

SNN Special Report – UAC offers to build a new Kordoss space elevator

From our Kordoss correspondent

The government of Kordoss is continuing its search for a replacement for the recently collapsed space elevator. Several offers have been made, and some of those have already been turned down.

The first offer made was by Haroldson B. Hunt of Kordoss Melters Inc., who suggested on-the-site refinements of the ores, followed by an space-bridge consisting of a fleet of small cargo shuttles to form this space bridge from the smelters to the awaiting cargo ships in orbit. The government officials questioned the cost estimations of this offer, being estimated as 1.3% cheaper than the previous space elevator, as well as complaints from the Miners’ Union, who protested against the full dependence of the government upon two private companies, of which either one withdrawing on made deals would mean a cessation in delivering goods to orbit.

Another offer was made by the students of the Thomas Walsh Institute for Physics. They proposed an ore slingshot system, which would shoot the raw ore into orbit from which it could be gathered using simple ore scoops. This plan was rejected due to the unstable and unpredictable orbits of the ore The erratic orbits would be a menace to any ships passing through this layer. Furthermore, there were concerns being raised about the effects of the projectiles traveling at high velocities through the lower layers of the atmosphere. The lower costs of this proposed system would not, according to government officials, weigh up against these concerns. Concerns about possible re-entering of the atmosphere of some of the ore sealed the future of this offer.

Some people may wonder about the rejection of this system, as the Kordoss Cargo Railgun (KCR) system was the original method used to bring the ore to orbit. The problem is, that this system is not even close to being able to deal with the quantity of ore that is required nay demanded by our clients throughout the Solar System and Alpha Centauri. The catching system which prevents the flaws of the current offer does not lend itself well to upscaling to any scale significantly larger than the current incarnation.

There seems to be a good chance of an end to the search though, as UAC has made an enticing offer to the Kordoss government. They offer to build a new space elevator, funded and maintained by them, and place that under control of the Kordoss government. UAC does require a vote in the governing of Kordoss similar to the Miners’ Union. This accord can be ended from either side with a 2 months notice. If the offer is broken, control of the elevator reverts to UAC completely, but Kordoss would be free to build an elevator of their own or seek other alternatives.

The government, the Miners’ Union , and representatives from UAC are currently discussing the finer terms of the UAC offer.

SNN Special Report – Mars Rebellion continues to escalate

This is 6-news, May O’Neal reporting on the Mars Rebellion.

The Mars Union government has officially declared a curfew in the Volunteer domes starting last night at the end of compensate hour. As of 00.01 this morning, over 300 people have been arrested for curfew violations, following protests against the curfew.

Riots in Cymru Uchod following the arests have led to the destruction of a local police station. The current status of the government police in Cymru Uchod is not currently known, but local Volunteer organisers have let 6-News know that they are being treated well, but will not be released for now.

Negotiations between the Volunteer and Union representatives continue at Geneva Dome on Mars, where both parties call for calm and wait for a diplomatic resolution to the situation. The Volunteers are demanding the Union troops are withdrawn while negotiations continue and the curfew is lifted, the Union Government reasons that the planetary guard is the only thing keeping order in the Domes.

Meanwhile, several attacks have occurred during protests and counter-protests between Volunteer and Union sympathisers.

This is May O’Neal for 6-News, keep streaming for new updates!

SNN Special Report – Customs 3 station is being rebuild

From our Lux correspondent:

Good news for the inhabitants of our star system!

Construction on anew Customs-3 station has begun, supervised by SevCol and undertaken by Johnny Dutch Group and Black & Light Planets Construction Co.
It will be several months at least until construction is finished, even with the planned use of premade modules. Until this station has been completed and is once again fully operational, the SevCol ship SCSS-Cassopeia will take over from the SCSS-Celestra which has been taking care of Custom-3’s duties after its destruction.
We thank the Celestra for its job, and wish them well on their delayed journey to the Solar System.

SNN Special Report – Kordoss miners demand new space elevator

From our Kordoss correspondent

It is beyond a doubt that the Kordoss government has been looking into replacing the Space Elevator, as affordable bulk transport of goods into orbit is a necessity for Kordoss to function as a colony. Recently, some of these offers have been leaked to the media. We can not disclose specific details about these offers, but we are able to share the general gist with our readers.

These offers spoke of the immense cost of (re)building the space elevator, especially so far away from the Solar System. And as there is no-one that can pay these costs out-of-pocket, interested parties seek to recuperate their losses over a long time, generally by charging a percentage of the value of all goods transferred.

Currently, Kordoss is being kept alive by a fleet of shuttles transporting goods necessary for the survival of this colony down from the bulk freighters in orbit, down to the planet. Unfortunately, the amount of material that can be taken back to orbit to be exported pales in comparison to our usual output.

Many have speculated that any deal around a space elevator could hold our entire economy in a stranglehold. There would be very little stopping the owners of the space elevator from increasing their prices, if there is no competition. But any attempts to have more than one elevator at a time have been met with scorn, as all the offers positively require them to be the only one building a space elevator, listing such reasons as required return on large investment.

The Miners’ Union, led by E. Chandra, the assistant of the late Janey Hoffa, calls for a government controlled space elevator, with long term, fixed, reasonable costs. This to ensure the financial well-being of the colony. The Miners’ Union has significantly risen in influence ever since the day of the calamity, with great influence amongst the population of Kordossdddd and thus effectively functioning as a governmental body here, but its financial means are negligible. Hence, their call for the government to take up this responsibility sounds somewhat hollow, as there seem to be no financial means to start such a project at this time.

So, will we be seeing a new space elevator within a reasonable amount of time, and what will the costs of transportation be on this new elevator, once it is build?

This reporter and, I’m sure, pretty much everyone here on Kordoss, would very much like to find out, if not dreading the answers we’ll get.

SNN Special Report – SevCol calls to the colonies to remain calm, and don’t intervene in the Mars situation

After a few days of no comments from SevCol, they have come out with an official statement.
It cites the importance for continued discourse, and invites representatives from all colonies, in light of the recent proclamations made by the United Moons of Jupiter and the Saturn Collective, to join the SevCol supported discussions, as there is clearly an interest in the deliberations on Mars from the other colonies.

It goes on to reassure all colonists throughout the Solar System and Alpha Centauri that political discussions will continue and may last for a while yet, as the problem is not trivial, but that the deliberations are promising, and a fruitful resolution for all parties can be expected.

SNN Special Report – the ongoing Mars conflict

The ongoing conflict on Mars has just recently undergone two major events.
The conflict has created two factions, with many of the Mars domes having picked either the Mars Union or the Separatist Volunteers.
Those supporting the Mars Union focus on maintaining the status quo, and following the commands as set by the Central Computer, as has been done since the outset of the colony.
The Volunteers advocate critical thought on the Mars government commands, and breaking them and setting out on their own path, now that those commands seem to be detrimental to the Domes.
Many on Mars of either faction fear the separation of the sides, citing the material and economic interwovenness of the Domes as the reason why separation would be absolutely harmful to both those breaking off from the whole, and to those remaining behind.

As this conflict has been going on for weeks, members of the factions have apparently reached out to forces outside of Mars to support their positions, which led to the United Moons of Jupiter officially supporting the Union in a press conference this morning at 11:00.
The press conference supported their positioning by reinforcing the interwovenness of not only the Domes of Mars, but also the reliance of many economies, including those on Jupiter but also many other colonial economies, on that of Mars.
This intercolonial support has not been seen before, as all colonial conflicts are traditionally discussed through SevCol. SevCol had let us know shortly after the United Moons of Jupiter press conference that they would create a statement to be released sometime this evening.
Before that statement had had time to take form, the Saturn Collective responded at 13:34, stating their position as supporting the Volunteers, citing the importance for any individual to make their own choices.
Whether other colonies are considering taking a side is as of yet unknown, as all representatives we have spoken to have declined to comment, usually stating that they need to discuss the recent events with their respective governments.
SevCol has so far not responded to either proclamation, merely stating that their response is going to need more time to be prepared, as this situation merits careful consideration.

SNN Special Report – Martian Rebellion?

SNN is closely following the situation on Mars, where one city dome has voted to break free from the central Martian government. The journalists of SNN will collect reports of trusted sources to keep all readers up-to-date about this unprecedented event and how this situation is developing.


January 22, 2181
May O’Neal – 6-News

This is May O’Neal, with 6-news, on the developing situation on Mars, now called the Mars Rebellion by some.

As more and more separate domes support either the Separatists or the Mars Union government, an official common moniker has been adopted by the separatists, who refer to themselves as the Volunteers.

While the situation is tense, both the Volunteers and the Union government are striving towards… please hold one second.

This is breaking news, you heard it here first on 6-news! There has been an attack on the MarsGov building in Carmack city! Reports of an explosion outside the main governmental administration building are followed by smaller secondary fires around the high-security building. The Dome itself seems to be undamaged and the damage appears to be mostly superficial, due to the high-strength construction of the Pre-Dome MarsGov building.

We are receiving reports that an unknown group, calling themselves “Knights of Ethelred” are claiming the attack was their response to “oppressive actions by Mars Union police against the free men of the Realm”. We are currently attempting to reach the Volunteer domes for comment.

Keep streaming 6-News for the latest updates on the Mars Rebellion.

SNN Special Report – Martian Dome Independence

SNN is closely following the situation on Mars, where one city dome has voted to break free from the central Martian government. The journalists of SNN will collect reports of trusted sources to keep all readers up-to-date about this unprecedented event.


January 21, 2181
May O’Neal – 6-News

This is May O’Neal, from 6-news, with an update on the situation developing on Mars. Following the independence vote on New Cromer, similar citizen referenda have been held all over Mars, with many either firmly in favor, or firmly against independence from the central government.

The Catalunya, Nova Roma, New Derbyshire, Cymru Uchod and Bilbao domes have voted to leave the Mars Union and are rumored to be in mutual talks to form a provisional government. Representatives from the separatist domes could not be reached for comment.

Similar votes held in Novaya Rodina, New New York, Sharon-Meir, Brandenburgkuppel, Luna Secunda and Carmack domes have ended firmly pro-Union, pledging to support the Central Computer, though some citizens admit that instructions have been somewhat unclear as of late. They place blame firmly on the Interpreters, who should have spoken less arbitrarily.

The Union has announced that any open rebellion against the government will be met harshly, but no outward signs of such measures have been seen.

This has been May O’Neal, we will keep you updated as the situation develops.