Created By: Ghilz on June 16, 2013 Last Edited By: Halen on July 17, 2013

Martian Rebellion

Mars wants independance from Earth

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A subtrope of The War of Earthly Aggression. Mars has been colonized. And inevitably it becomes a hotbed of terrorist attacks as the people of Mars strive for independence from the (possibly) oppressive Earth Government.


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  • June 16, 2013
    Space Colony Rebellion (or secession, perhaps) to encompass other planets
  • June 16, 2013
    Anime and Manga
    • Gundam AGE has the UE, which turn out to be Martian colonists who were abandoned by the Earth Federation some 150 years ago and are still bitter.
    • Mars Daybreak has the type of conditions that usually results in this as a backdrop for the series, though nothing comes of it by the end.

    • The Red Mars Trilogy seems to have this, where a revolution in the first book is slapped down with orbital lasers and whatnot, but the 2nd one works, in part due much better planning.
    • Martian Rainbow by Robert L. Forward plays with the trope a little. First, a Russian colony on Mars is forcibly conquered by American-led United Nations forces when the Russians won't let anyone else set up colonies there. Then the resulting UN scientific colony is cut off after the leader of that multinational fleet hooks up with a corrupt televangelist, gets himself elected President of the World, and makes all space travel illegal as part of a general anti-science campaign to satisfy his religious backers, who have in the meantime declared him the new Messiah. So the scientists in the Mars Colony, cut off from resupply and rescue, are essentially forced to admit they are now independent, and try to make a go of things. Finally, they send the chief scientist from the Mars base, who happens to be the identical twin brother of the Dark Messiah President of Earth, to assassinate his brother and take his place, and resume legal space travel. Did I mention that both twins are Neil Armstrong's identical grandsons?

    Video Games
    • The Red Faction series is all about this trope, focusing on various La Resistance groups of Martian colonists fighting against an oppressive, Earth-centric government.

    Western Animation
    • Earth government in Exo Squad has previously crushed the first neo-sapiens rebellion on Mars.
  • June 16, 2013
    Oh, I've got a couple for this--EDIT--I see I was too slow, haha.

    Also, the description could use some expansion, maybe as to why Mars is so often used as a setting for these? (My guess is that it's Earth's closest, potentially-inhabitable neighbor and sci-fi loves to put colonies on there all the time with or without rebellions.)

    Anime and Manga
    • The end of the first arc in Mobile Suit Gundam AGE reveals that the "Unknown Enemy" are actually the descendents Mars colonists who were callously abandoned when the planet proved deadly to humans. Most of them want revenge on their Earthling cousins and/or to forcibly repatriate themselves to their ancestors' home planet.

    • The Red Mars Trilogy centers around the struggle between Martian colonists and Earth's governments, which are increasingly controlled by corporations. There are multiple factions of La Resistance who either want to keep Mars preserved, want it to be a place of human freedom that is better than Earth, and/or want it to be a place of scientific discovery (these goals are not necessarily mutually exclusive). Earth, while dominated by corrupt governments and corporations, also faces issues of extreme poverty and overpopulation to which they see many solutions in Mars.

  • June 16, 2013
    I agree with Drac, expand this to Earth colony rebellions.
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  • June 17, 2013
    ^^ Larkmarn: As Ghilz noted in the description, this would be a Sub Trope of The War Of Earthly Aggression, which already covers rebellions by Earth colonies.

    ^^^^^ Drac Monster: We could create a Super Trope which would cover all rebellions by planetary colonies against the mother world, including those by aliens.
  • June 17, 2013
    I'd only make this trope if The War Of Earthly Aggression is becoming overcrowded with Mars vs Earth examples. From what I can see, the examples aren't at all top-heavy with Martians.
  • June 17, 2013
    ^Honestly, the Earth Vs Mars version of the trope shows up so often, it's worth its own subtrope. Also notable in that a lot of these examples, Mars is the only other planet Earth has colonized.
  • June 17, 2013
    I'd agree that it's a common enough subtrope that it can warrant it's own page, with an expanded description.
  • July 14, 2013
    • Total Recall featured a Martian Resistance movement, which aids the protagonist Quaid.
  • July 14, 2013
    On Futurama Martians are a reference to Native Americans. The Earthicans that inhabitant their planet bought it from their ancestors for "only a rock" and so the Martians decide to rise up. Subverted in that the "rock" was actually a huge, valuable diamond. The Earthicans actually paid them fairly, and The Native Martians decide to find a new home planet to enjoy their riches on.
  • July 15, 2013
    • In Marathon, one part of the backstory covers the events leading up to the Third Martian War between UESC and Mars. Mars's economy was heavily dependant on the CRIST super-freighter ships transporting goods from Earth, and the negative effects when even one was temporarily out of commission are huge, including massive famine. The latter led to Misriah Massacre, an incident where the edgy armored escorts for food distributors saw someone with gun in the hungry crowd and opened fire, resulting in hundreds of casualties, of which only three were confirmed to have been armed (thus known as the Misriah Three). That served as proverbial spark for the powderkeg, starting a war against UESC control, which the Martians ultimately lost, with the Mars itself economically abandoned by UESC as a lost cause.
  • July 15, 2013
    Two Heinlein juvenile novels: Red Planet and Between Planets (the latter, although focusing on the Venus rebellion, mentions in passing that Mars was also repudiating Terran authority).

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  • July 17, 2013
    Considering there's maybe five non-earth examples of The War Of Earthly Aggression I don't think a new supertrope is needed.

    • In Earthrise Reese alludes to a war between Earth and Mars shortly after the Pelted's exodus from the solar system. The fighting depleted Mars' male population to the point where many families reproduced through anonymous sperm donations, and Reese's all-female family is one of the few who have made it tradition and maintained it for centuries. It's also implied that the war is how the Sol system ended up lagging behind the Pelted worlds technologically, despite having a couple centuries head start, resulting in them becoming a backwater when they joined The Alliance.