Arwa Farra

Arwa Farra is a forward in the Al'amal Sport Club of the Martian Aero Football League.


Date of birth: 2057

Place of birth: Mars, Al'amal

Occupation: professional aero football forward in the Martian Aero Football League, playing for Al'amal SC.

Previous Occupation: Prior to joining the MAFL, Farra worked at the logistical department for the ministry of Al'amal.

Height: 6’6” (1.98m)

Farra was one of the top overall scorers in season 1 with 7 goals and the top female scorer.

She is officially taking a leave of absence from her post and maintains her security clearance and status at the colony.  

Olympus Run

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Olympus Run is an outdoor endurance race organized by San Olympus colony and PSAC (Pathfinder Sport Athletics Committee).

The Olympus Run is one of 16 events PSAC has organized as qualifying races.  Athletes that look to participate in the annual Pathfinder Marathon are required to have completed a minimum of 4 races.

The course is 180 km from the gates of San Olympus up the slope of Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain in the solar system. 

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Contenders are vetted before competition, including a week-long training camp that includes orientation runs.

Like other outdoor events, PSAC deploy support staff and counter measures to ensure safety, including radiation deflection systems over the course of the competition.

Sponsors of Olympus Run include  San Olympus Titans (MAFL), Roger Barney Rogers  and Athena Made Robotics.  Additional funding is also made through PSAC partners Drinquium, Reprogus and AAA Capital Bank

Qigang Lian

Lian is a forward and Captain in the Martian Aero Football League.

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Date of Birth: 2049

Place of Birth: Shanghai, Earth

Arrival/Citizenship: 2070, Chinese National, Resident of Wuji. 

Occupation: Foward MAFL

Prior Occupations: Director of R&D, Bio Mechanical Engineer

Marital Status: Married to Lillian Xie Lian 

Height: 5' 10" (1.8M)

Lian originally came to Mars on a temporary work permit, but quickly attained a director role by the age of 26 and decided to become a permanant resident.  

Lian went to the Aero Football tryouts on a dare, but after demonstrating natural skill, he was faced with a difficult decision when recruiters wanted to join training camp.  Recently married and a critical member to his organization, Lian deferred his decision for months, but eventually made the commitment to join the MAFL club.

He was appointed Captain of Dongji after 6 months of training camp.

Lian was traded to Wuji prior to Season 2 of MAFL.

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Expeditionary Groups

Also referred to Expeditionary Outfits, Expeditionary Organizations, Exploratory Companies or Nomadic Settlements.  These are small communities that do not have a permanent location or base of operations.  

 Setting up camp - VEX deploy mobile habitations during extended projects as they explore and prospect remote regions of Mars.

Setting up camp - VEX deploy mobile habitations during extended projects as they explore and prospect remote regions of Mars.

Most of these groups use a three letter designation.

KMH (KMX in English)

A resource expeditionary outfit operated by dominantly private Russian organizations.  The population is approximately 130 individuals and includes numerous families.  The contingent rotates using Novyimir as a primary base of operations, thus only 20% of the crew live a full-time nomadic life.

KMH travels in a caravan with dozens of vehicles, mobile habitations and heavy construction equipment.

Their primary mission is resource-based, however, KMH is actively involved in joint projects with the Novyimir and Korolev, with significant overlapping ventures.

KMH is a branch of the first Russian missions to Mars in 2039 and instrumental in the founding of both Novyimir (2047) and more recently Korolev (2072).

RSX

Rover Scientific is a research group largely made up of research scientists from various Earth-based organizations.  The general population fluctuates around 70 as members (and their families) have between a 2-6 year rotation before returning back to earth.

RSX does make periodic stops at colonies and other Martian outposts as mobile habitats and research vehicles requires constant re-supply.  Additionally, the lifestyle is difficult on members, without regularly scheduled rest and rehabilitation.

 

 One of the multiple support vehicle used by Rover Scientific as they conduct research missions across Mars.

One of the multiple support vehicle used by Rover Scientific as they conduct research missions across Mars.

VEX

Vallis Expeditionary Company is one of the larger nomadic settlements with a population of 270 colonists.  Vallis is a private corporation, but closely tied with Marineris where they have a headquarters that employs 20 staff members.

Vallis is a natural resource outfit and deploys robotic mining operations for multiple businesses and colonies.  Vallis has more than 40% of the robotic workforce on Mars, including 'colony building' excavators and equipment.

VEX has been in operation since 2051.

 

HDX

Huá diàn 华殿 is company founded in 2057 out of Tiangong.  With a population of 320 people, it is the largest nomadic group, though the crew often deploys missions that temporarily separates the company.

HDX is involved in both scientific and resource development projects and exclusively works for interests in Huacheng, Tiangong and Amrita.  HDX built and owns a significant share of Huygens Spaceway, located at coordinates 56, 13.

 

VMX

Venture Monarch Company is the outcome of the failed UK colonization project.  After the abandonment of the British-lead colony, the colonists were given a new mission to secure British interests on Mars.  Though many of the original group ended up in Europa or Wendland, VMX continues to represent the U.K. with a crew of 300.

VMX does research on behalf of the British government as well as engages in multiple joint venture projects with colonies to secure trade of resources to Earth.

 

Colonist Tracking

Each colony has different requirements imposed for temporary and permanent residence, however all major settlements (with the exception of some expeditionary outfits) deploy monitoring and tracking systems on all individuals.

Location-based Tracking

Location tracking is commonly deployed in all colonies, but vary with respect to implementation. Many colonies require active implants to track movements where as others, such as San Olympus, use surveillance and 'access cards'.

Health-based Tracking

Several colonists have advanced programs in place that actively collect data on each permanent resident.  Standard vitals are aggregated to measure physical wellbeing and identify trends that could present health issues for the colony.

Mental wellness tracking (also referred to as Emotional Surveillance) is a mandatory in Marineris, Chariton, Mareotis, and Wendland.  Tiangong, Huacheng and Al'Amal have similar programs, however, are optional for colonists..

MAFL Uniforms & Colours

Season 2 Uniforms

After the inaugural season, EV suit specifications were updated by the MAFL.  During the post-season, clubs were required to modify components to adhere to the new requirements.

Many clubs also updated uniform colours and graphic treatments. 

Each player's EV Suit is custom built. 


Season 1 Uniforms

The EV Suits in season 1 were more generic, using more common components across all the clubs.

Gunvir Pachehra

Gunvir Pachehra is a resident of Europa and known for his participation in the Pathfinder Marathon.

Born: 2038

Arrival: 2061, is now a resident of Europa Colony

Trivia

  • Has two children.
  • Was briefly courted by Europa scouts after his performance in the Marineris Pathfinder Marathon in 2077

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Uday Lanka

Uday Lanka is a professional athlete who plays for the Amrita Immortals in the Martian Aero Football League.

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Date of Birth: 2051

Place of Birth: Amrita Colony, Mars

Citizenship: Native citizenship of Amrita Colony

Occupation: Professional Aero Football Player

Positions Played:  Forward

Prior Occupation(s): Food Technologist (Product Development), Food Safety Coordinator (Intern)

Height: 6' 4" (1.93m)

 

Early Years

Uday Lanka's parents (Santjeet & Anasuya) were part of the Amrita colonization mission at the end of 2048 with expertise in the food sciences.  Uday was born 1 year after Amrita was established.  He would have been their 2nd child had Anasuya not miscarried during first pregnancy.

Uday graduated with honours from multiple remote programs on Earth as well as completing an intensive apprenticeship program prior to the founding of Amrita college in 2073.  After graduating, Uday interned with the colony's agriculture department before getting a placement with Pandey Industries.  

Career

Uday was one of the first picks to the Amrita squad and was quickly handed the team captain role after displaying both natural ability and leadership qualities.

Uday was the lead scorer in MAFL season 1 with an impressive 16 goals.  He is well regarded for his positive attitude, good sportsmanship, and humble demeanour.  He was nominated and recognized as the season 1 League MVP

Lanka wears number 7.

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Martian-born Humans

The first natural conception and birth on Mars occurred in 2039.  The infant survived for 36 sols. 

Dedicated research programs focusing on fertility and genetic modification began on Earth in the in 2030 on Earth, however, it took several years after colonization before progress was made with off-Earth child birth.

Mary Janet Backer was born in 2040 and represented the first official human born on Mars.  With a cocktail of genetic editing and prenatal care, the viability of proliferation of the species in off-Earth environments.  Prior to Mary, there were more than a dozen miscarriages and still births.

The programs vary slightly from colony to colony, however, there is consolidated ongoing research and study genetics and bio engineering in the attempt to accelerate healthy adaptation to Mars' challenging conditions.

2047 marked 100 local births.  Since that time, encouraged by many colonies, there has been a 'baby boom' that has contributed between 1 and 1.5% organic growth compared with the 3% annual immigration cap.  

In 2078, the local born population accounted for 18.5% of the overall population, or 19,000 colonists.

Issues

Though genetic modification and bio engineering has enabled a thriving 1st generation on Mars, it is not without problems.  The programs are continually challenged to address side-effects as well as improve outcomes.  There is also a lack of consistency in the range of modifications parents have consented to.

In addition to physical traits and function, psychological factors are another significant area of concern for the next generation.  Mental health issues for inbound colonists from Earth differ greatly from those born on Mars.  With the 1st generation only in their 20s and 30s and growing up in different colonies, there are yet to be conclusive trends.

Controversies

How much change and the parameters of genetic alteration has been an ethical and philosophical debate.  The need for genetic intervention to survive is accepted, but how far alterations should be made is hotly contested.

The 1st generation, in particular, have grown up under constant monitoring and study, which some have accused researchers of treating them as 'lab rats'.

The Drift Generation

Some of the Western Colonies have coined the term 'Drift Generation' for those born 2055 and onward.  Unlike those born earlier, this group has demonstrated greater dissatisfaction with colony life and the lack of freedoms afforded to their Earth-born counterparts.  

Restrictions

Unlike temporary worker or migrants from Earth, most born on Mars do not have recognized status to travel to, or visit, Earth.  With the exception of Huacheng, where offspring of Chinese nationals are recognized citizens of China, most Earth nations have unclear policies with respect to allowance of entry of Martians. To-date (2078), no martian-born human from any colony has set foot on Earth.

Readale Nash

Readale Nash is a professional athlete who plays with the San Olympus Titans in the Martian Aero Football League.

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Date of birth: 2060

Place of birth: Mars, San Olympus

Occupation: professional aero football forward in the Martian Aero Football League, playing for San Olympus Titans.

Height: 6’11” (2.1m)

Career in Sports

At 17 years old, Nash was the youngest player during the inaugural MAFL season.  He was discovered  by Titan scouts prior to club tryouts in 2075, however because of his age, the club was barred from recruiting him until turning 16 and completing his academic program. 

Readale demonstrated athletic aptitude in various school fitness routines, but excelled at Hoopz. a game originally developed at Marineris with derivatives played in San Olympus, Columbia Hills, and several other Western colonies.  

Readale joined the club in the final 8 months of pre-season 1 training, but quickly picked up the rules and was a natural in both indoor and outdoor conditions.

Nash wears #8.

He was the top scorer in Season 1 for the San Olympus Titans, however, missed multiple games at end of season, including playoff rounds, due to injury.

Controversies

Nash is often associated with the 'Drift Generation', a subset of the 1st generation of Martian-born who display greater tendencies of restlessness and resentment to colony life.  Nash allegedly sought emancipation from his parent in 2075 and resisted completing his academics.  This, however, delayed his joining of the Titans rather than expediting it.  He has allegedly claimed desired to leave San Olympus and Mars, the later being extremely difficult as he has no status on Earth.

During season 1, he has numerous occasions where his attitude and public behaviour has required the club to intervene. 

Like most Martian-born, Nash was conceived under a fertility assist program, including the requisite genetic editing of his birth period.

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Calendar and Time

The Meta Olympia world uses the Darian Calendar for time-keeping, the system created by Thomas Gangale and published in 1986.

Meta Olympia is 60 years in the future, that run approximately parallel to real-world time.

A Martian solar day (sol) is 39 minutes 35.244 seconds longer than Terrestrial solar day.

The Martian year is 668.59 sols, which corresponds to 686.86 days on Earth.


Months

The Darian calendar has 24 months.  The calendar year begins with Sagittarius and the final month Vrishika.

The first 5 months of each quarter are 28 sols in length and the 6th month only 27 sols .

mYear 249

 mYear 249 bridges 2077, 2078 and 2079 on earth.

mYear 249 bridges 2077, 2078 and 2079 on earth.


Weeks

Sols of a week correspond with the 7 day week.  In Meta Olympia, most colonies adhere to a 5 day work week with Saturni and Solis representing the weekend.

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Seasons

Mars has corresponding seasons as a result of the planet's tilt, 25 degrees compared with Earth's 23 degrees.

In addition to the familiar seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, Mars has two additional seasons, Aphelion and Perihelion, due to the highly elliptical orbit compared with the nearly circular orbit of Earth.  This brings it much closer to the sun at some times of the year.

During Perihelion, the planet gets 40% more energy from the sun than during Aphelion.

 

 

Yvonne Barnato

Yvonne Barnato is a professional athlete who plays for Europa United in the Martian Aero Football League.

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Date of Birth: 2053

Place of Birth: Italy, Earth

Arrival/Residency: 2064, full citizenship in Europa Colony

Occupation: Professional Aero Football Player

Positions Played:  Goalkeeper, Forward

Prior Occupation(s): Lab assistant, youth councillor

Height: 5' 11" (1.78m)

Early Years

Yvonne Barnato grew up in London 2 and came to Mars with her mother at the age of 11.  Her mother, Dr. Michele Findlais, a prominent robotics expert had a 6 year contract with an ESA project that required temporary relocation.  After serving 4 years, Dr. Findlais unexpectedly passed away.  Yvonne deferred returning to Earth to finish her school program.  After successful completion, she elected to continue her studies on Mars as a part-time, remote student at Leeds University (Earth) and simultaneous apprentice with  Geykon Bioteciob.  

She cites her repeated decisions to remain on Mars were driven by the tight-knit friendships she developed in Europa's small school groups .

The close ties I had formed with the 4 others in my class, along with their families, outweighed any bonds I had with relatives back on Earth. It really was not a difficult decision.
— Yvonne Barnato, 2077

Sporting Career

Yvonne was recruited as a candidate for MAFL (along with friend, Nina Pisani) after being scouted  playing with the 'Barcelona squad' in the recreational 'District' league.  Yvonne was drafted by United while Pisani was later drafted by the Immortals.

Yvonne is best known for being one of the first goalkeeper in the MAFL who could consistently score.

She wears number 58 for Europa United.

Barnato was moved by United manager, Matthäus Reinmann, from goalkeeper to forward mid-season 1 in a bid to bolster the teams offence.  Her replacement in goal was Kevin Sulzberger, #48.

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Aiger Masing

Aiger Masing is best known for his role as chief executive officer of the Martian Aero Football League (MAFL).

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Portrait of Aiger Masing, mYear 248

Date of Birth: 2038

Place of Birth: Germany, Earth

Arrival/Residency: 2057, maintains a full Europa Colony citizenship

Occupation: CEO & Commissioner MAFL

Prior Occupation(s):  Administrator Europa Council, Chief of EEMAI.

Height: 6' 4"  (1.93m)

Aiger migrated to Mars when he as 19 and has 'naturalized' citizenship in Europa.  His first role at the colony was as an analyst for Primproxia DGB, a now defunct robotics agency.  He has worked both in the private and public sector.  Most notably, he served on the Europa council for 4 years before becoming the administrative executive of the European/Europa Martian Archival  Initiative (EEMAI), curating cultural and genetic catalogs for backup on Mars.

He joined the MAFL in 2075 as top man to coordinate franchise owners, investors and build the organization and facilities to launch the professional league in 2077.

Defining Moments

  • The outbreak and subsequent quarantine of Novyimir displaced the Dynamo team.  Aiger and Novyimir club owners (Aleskeevich and KMH) rose to the occasion to build an alternate field.  Not only did this prevent disruption of the season, but a significant morale boost to the beleaguered colony.
  • Aiger was in placed in a difficult position of managing the MAFL through the first death in the league

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