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I think marscorp would benefit from having a few more different factions within the theme. Here are some ideas:

1. civilians. people with various occupations and objectives moving to mars and making towns.

2. martians. I think for the martians they should be a sort of crystalline life form that can form symbiotic relationships with animals and plants brought by the settlers and marscorp. Perhaps they can be semi-intelligent in that they have enough common sense to help their hosts survive. In animals they can form into crystal body armor or in plants they can strengthen the roots.

3. spies. They work for various earth governments who try to destabilize the Marscorp leadership of mars, start civil war, and justify invasion by earth governments.

4. pirates. Thieves and such who are out to turn a profit by whatever means they can. Sometimes working for spies, sometimes turning spies in to marscorp for bounties, sometimes employed as mercenaries for civilian companies. They are dangerous, but useful.
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| September 14, 2011, 5:28 pm
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interesting theories
if you come up with a running theme for said factions I will hapily jump on the bus.
since you have all creations up, I am going to move you to admin. mine are coming on now

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| October 16, 2011, 8:56 am
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Quoting JWG 258
I think marscorp would benefit from having a few more different factions within the theme. Here are some ideas:

1. civilians. people with various occupations and objectives moving to mars and making towns.

2. martians. I think for the martians they should be a sort of crystalline life form that can form symbiotic relationships with animals and plants brought by the settlers and marscorp. Perhaps they can be semi-intelligent in that they have enough common sense to help their hosts survive. In animals they can form into crystal body armor or in plants they can strengthen the roots.

3. spies. They work for various earth governments who try to destabilize the Marscorp leadership of mars, start civil war, and justify invasion by earth governments.

4. pirates. Thieves and such who are out to turn a profit by whatever means they can. Sometimes working for spies, sometimes turning spies in to marscorp for bounties, sometimes employed as mercenaries for civilian companies. They are dangerous, but useful.

i see rock monsters like your description of martians and i thingk our terraformers. should replace civillians (that would change govt to chain of command)
zach
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| October 16, 2011, 8:58 am
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on secon thought, in my story this is the third mars mission, and the third set of aliens. the firs set is peaceful and these natives wouldve apearred then. the second wave was highly destrucive, and war-hungry. they would likely be anihalated.
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| November 7, 2011, 4:59 pm
I have been thinking lately(when I have time for it) about martians, and what sort of being they should be, and how the humans would meet them. Heres a bit of a proposed backstory. I rip off the book "dune" heavily.

The martians are colonial micro-organisms, kinda like mushrooms. When they get together, they can form into different types of creatures, some that resemble plants, some that are mobile like animals. each organism has all the parts needed to live a solitary life, but when it becomes part of a larger creature it specializes into a brain cell or gut cell or whatever. Within the species, there are different breeds of cells that do better at certain tasks than they would at other tasks. The breed of martian that does better at being a brain cell is capable of some higher brain function. They have a very crude religion in which mars and the sun are complimentary forces and the martian must balance itself between the two. Reproduction takes place on an individual martian level. when a cell is fully mature, it can combine with another cell. While merged, each copies the other's RNA, except in the case of damaged RNA. If one partner has a damaged chromosome, the other's good chromosome is copied an additional time. Then the cells separate, then each divides in two.

When marscorp began terraforming they did not know that these beings existed. The martians lived several meters down in the soil to stay away from the radiation from the sun that bombarded the surface. Their body chemistry was very similar to the surrounding rock and soil. When marscorp began dropping asteroids, the martians retreated further. Some of the more religious among them thought that the sun was attacking them from above with fire, or that mars was testing their faith. They dug deeper and stayed for several years as gravity increased and only the toughest among them survived. When the planet's geothermal heat started up, they fled toward the surface. They expected to be ejected onto the surface and burned in the sun. But they found miles and miles of rock. When the survivors of the "great change" burrowed to the surface(in forms much like centipedes or pill-bugs) they found a sky of blue and an atmosphere much thicker than their bodies were accustomed to, but rich in nitrogen and oxygen, which gave them vitality to cope with the thicker air and heavier gravity.
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| January 11, 2013, 7:37 pm
I want to join Galactic Civilization, I put Mars Corp and U.N.E into the mix for my civilization, is everyone ok with me doing this (your group will not be changed in any maner, it's great the way it is, I'm not planing to chage it to my heart's content
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| January 27, 2013, 9:55 pm
Check to see if it fits before putting it into any projects you have. MarsCorp, UNE, and the other differnt factions within the theme exist in a complex geopolitical situation.
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| January 28, 2013, 9:11 am
When martians first met humans, they did not know what they were. Speculation abounded. The microscopic martians picked up in boot treads and later dropped described non-living things which moved about as if alive. When a few martians made their way into the human habitats, they were even more confused. Within the non-living fabric there were living cells, but they were unresponsive. Muscles, blood, skin, and other parts of human flesh did not respond to greeting.

Factions arose within the martian community regarding the human newcomers. While all associated the arrival of humans with the great change, not all liked the change or welcomed the humans. Some thought these new beings had come from the sun to allow the martians to live in the light without getting burned. Some thought they were evil invaders coming to defile mars and kill the martians with fire and increased gravity.
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| January 28, 2013, 9:27 am
Quoting JWG 258
Check to see if it fits before putting it into any projects you have. MarsCorp, UNE, and the other differnt factions within the theme exist in a complex geopolitical situation.
I disided to make a story line that fits them together, but it's complicated

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| January 28, 2013, 7:32 pm
I intend to leave the story open ended at the moment that combat begins between the different factions on mars. Let the individual builder decide what happens.
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| January 29, 2013, 7:22 am
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Im gonna agree with JWG, how each person's interpertation of MarsCorp fits is entirely up to them. I write novels for fun and have been tinkering with different parts of MarsCorp and my version of the storyline so I just take things that I like from this group and add them to the story. If you can make a storyline that fits UNE into it, I will make sure that we can get all our different versions of the plot either get combined, or posted seperately.
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| January 29, 2013, 5:29 pm
I'm not sure about what role the UNE would play, or who they are and what they want.

I have been thinking that there needs to be a law enforcement/government faction. What about Erin Jones' UNIACF?

I was going to fit the UNIACF into the story as a law enforcement organization from earth, funded by the UN or a future version of the UN. Their stated mission is to protect and serve the pioneer civilians who came to settle on mars. As with any police force, it is made up of both good and bad cops. some do protect and serve, some are heroes, some are covering for criminals, some are just punks with a badge and gun. Some of the political leaders on earth have their own agenda, such as the US IRS trying to use the UNIACF to confiscate money and property from the pioneers and marscorp.

I was going to have martians, both friendly and hostile, land on some UNIACF as airborne spores and grow inside them as symbiotes. Some of the UNIACF would either become greater heroes or villains based on the friendliness of the martian and how it interacts with the human cells.

Since the martians are single celled colonial things, they can grow into different parts in cooperation with a human. Some can grow as an exoskeleton, some can grow in the muscles to give greater strength, some can grow in the lungs and organs to help the human survive the harsh martian environment. Some can grow into the brain, either giving a mental boost, ability to communicate with martians, or take over the brain entirely and make the host into a mind-controlled servant.

The reasoning behind this is to make the theme as open ended as possible while still having a storyline. A martian can be any brick or combination of bricks. If it was made official, a translucent soft orange color would be my first choice. Want to make a minifig who has martians living in him? simply make one or more body parts in that orange color. Whether the martian is a friendly or a hostile is up to the builder. Whether the martian/human combo is a good guy or a bad guy is also up to the builder.
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| January 29, 2013, 6:52 pm
The story is sorta a timeline, and your in the begining.
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| January 30, 2013, 6:04 pm
I intend for the MarsCorp theme and its storyline to be as real as possible while still remaining within science fiction. To get that depth of realism we will need to abandon a few key idea of science fiction and of movies in general.

First, The idea that the protagonist faction are all good guys who are equally honest, true, and with noble intention; and the bad guys are all genocidal monsters with no redeeming qualities at all. Each side has good and bad qualities, good and bad members.

Second, the humans vs. aliens mortal conflict of past sci-fi must go. While there will be factions of both martian and human who want to exterminate the other side, they will remain at the lunatic fringes. I intend for there to be main characters from every faction who are interested in peaceful coexistence between martian and human.

Last, not all conflict is overt or clean cut. There is more to warfare than huge machines bristling with guns and bombs shooting each other. The modern battlespace is full of recon troops, support structures, command and control sites, partisans, saboteurs terrorists, noncombatants, refugees, and humanitarian aid charities. Anyone out of a uniform could be an enemy or a friend, depending on how they are treated.
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| January 30, 2013, 7:02 pm
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