A Fading Earth
After the Great Collapse, hope died for most of us on Earth.
The year is 2063. The last generation experienced a series of disastrous setbacks, making even the most optimistic of us doubt our futures. Earth suffered the Great Collapse: a world-wide market meltdown fueled by human greed and achieved by an artificial intelligence gone rogue. There was also the Red Disaster, leaving behind failed and dying government-sponsored colonies on the Martian surface.
The New Martian Businesses
A large number of companies are inspired by the startup boom that took place in the late part of the 20th Century. Their retro bike messenger bags, thick-rimmed glasses, vests, and old-fashioned hairdos recall a time when millionaires were minted before their twenty-fifth birthdays. Their optimism may be as outdated as their fashion sense, but they have a sincerity of purpose. These Startup Corporations are fueled by massive and crushing debt just to get established Offworld, but they know with enough work, and favors that money can buy, they have a chance to make it – just like people did in the old days!