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.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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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