Space 1889: Wrigglesworth and Pinchback's Majestic Interplanetary Trading Company
Political Landscape of Mars
The city-states of Mars are languid, decaying and corrupt, and for the most part, impotent. Besides the Earth colonial powers, there are only three major Martian states: the Oenotrian Empire, foe to the British; the Boreosyrtis League, loose mercantile confederation; and the Tossian Empire, self-proclaimed savior of Mars.
The predominant form of government on Mars is the city-state, routinely consisting of a major city on a grand canal which controls the towns and villages for perhaps 100 or 200 miles in all directions. Isolated stretches of canal farther away than this are often controlled by the closest large town, which often flatters itself with the title of city-state, but which is, in fact, far less important than that. In very remote areas, particularly in the uplands, it is not uncommon to find regions where every town along the canal is independent, with varying degrees of control over the surrounding villages. Large political entities above the city-state level are rare, but several are worth noting. Two of these are European colonial holdings, while the others are native governments.
|Power||Flag||Areas of Control|
|Austro-Hungarian Empire||Alten and Solis Lagus|
|Kingdom of Belgium||Melas Lacus and Po-Poo-Hanna-Kitai|
|Boreosyrtis League||Umbra, Meroe, Coloe, and Saardaar|
|Social Democratic Republic of France||Idaeus Fons|
|Great Britain||Crown Colony of Syrtis Lapis|
|Empire of Japan||Euxinus Lacus|
|Oenotrian Empire||Oenotria, Astrapsk, Crocea, Deltoton, Iapygia, and Skorosia|
|Russian Empire||Hecate Lacus|
|Spanish Empire||Villa Real|
|United States of America||Thymiamata (limited presence)|