On Earth, the year is 2078.
Mars has been colonized by multiple programs across nations and organizations. The population has swelled to 110,000 residents. A 1st and 2nd generation of Martian-born citizens now represent approximately 20% of overall population.
In general, Mars has achieved economic viability. Virtually all the colonies are semi or fully independent and operate as city-states.
As of 2062, the colonies unanimously ratified an immigration policy and formed the the first council to not include Earth influence. This set into motion increased autonomy and stronger ties among Martian settlements.
Life on Mars is simpler and far more practical lifestyle compared to Earth. Even the extremely wealthy live with the restrictions of limited habitable real-estate, constrained freedoms and finite resources. The largest settlements have less than 20,000 residence, so the overall feel remains ‘small town’.
Innovation is heavily focused on mining and natural resources, infrastructure, and food and water production. The consumer product sector remains small due to limited access to imported materials, however, recycling of raw materials and tailored products has become an artform.
Mars is a harsh and inhospitable environment, however, residents continue to thrive.
Despite the limited immigration and restrictive lifestyle the planet has to offer, Mars continues to be an aspirational destination. Hundreds of thousands continue to apply for residency to make the red planet their home.