The Martian civilization is one of the oldest in the solar system. In their golden era the Martians practiced technologies that would make even the most sophisticated Ætherships pale in comparison. In that time Mars was a garden bedecked with the jewels of Martian civilization. Since then Mars has degenerated into a backward backwater using medieval technology. The once fertile planes of Mars, now lie lifeless and sterile buried in trackless desert sands. The Martians used to wander the wastelands of cluster together in the few remaining cities and wait for their demise. That was until the humans started to arrive in the last 100 years. Contact with humans has reinvigorated the Martian culture and injected new hope into their society. The current king of Mars now sits on the council of the United Kingdom of Planets and is a strong ally of the Queen. British industry and enterprises can be found popping up in every corner of the Martian globe. Mars is now the new jewel in Britain's crown.