Off-World Colonies

Robotech - Southern Cross

Permanent Population: ~6,500

One of the first tasks undertaken by the Unified World Government after its formation at the start of the 21st century was the establishment of permanent human settlements off-world. The first stop was the Moon, where construction of the Luna-1 base (now known as Apollo base) began in early 2000, followed by the construction of the Copernicus and Archimedes bases over the next few years. By 2001 construction had begun on humanity's first colony on another planet, Mars Base Sara. The Mars Base was attacked by the Zentraedi when the aliens first arrived in the Solar System in 2009 but was rebuilt starting in 2016, and work was begun on a second base, Mars Base Langford, as well. That same year construction began on the civilian research station ALuCE-1 on the Moon. Earth's influence spread its furthest with the establishment of Jupiter Station Io, built to serve as a vital communications link between Earth and the departing Robotech Expeditionary Fleet. Since the REF's departure, expansion into space has halted, mostly due to the lack of a stable world government. All of the off-world bases are allied with the United Earth Government and the Army of the Southern Cross, though the EBSIS has established a major spaceport at Baikonur and the Soviets are shifting their space program into high gear.

Earth Orbit

Permanent Population: 250

Prior to the First Robotech War there were innumerable unmanned satellites in orbit around Earth, and one manned outpost. Disputes over the international space station known as New Frontier were some of the initial causes of the Global Civil War. With the establishment of the United World Government, New Frontier became the primary orbital facility for the planet. It was soon joined in orbit by the RDF's orbital ARMD space defense platforms and other military facilities. During the First Robotech War all of Earth's manned orbital stations were destroyed by the Zentraedi. In 2013, RDF forces captured a Robotech Factory Satellite and moved it to Earth orbit; and a few years later a second factory was captured, which became Space Station Liberty. With the departure of the Robotech Factory shortly after the REF's departure, Liberty was left as the sole permanent manned orbital facility, though there are several spacecraft that regularly patrol the area around Earth and the Moon. Today the region around Earth is dominated by the debris ring, an artificial ring encircling the Earth consisting of the remains of the millions of Zentraedi ships destroyed when Dolza's armada was annihilated at the end of the First Robotech War. The debris ring makes the establishment of new manned facilities in Near Earth Orbit a difficult prospect.

Moon

Permanent Population: 5,000

Even though humanity first reached its closest neighbor in 1969, it took the crash of an alien spacecraft 30 years later to provide the impetus to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon. Today Earth's satellite is the site of several major installations boasting a permanent population in the thousands, and a transient population many times that.

Mars

Permanent Population: 1000

The next stop in humanity's expansion into space, construction of a permanent Mars facility began as soon as launch facilities were in place on the Moon to provide easy transport to Earth's planetary neighbor. Today the population of Mars is a fraction of what it was during the heyday of Mars colonization, just prior to the departure of the REF fleet. The cost in time and resources to expand humanity's presence on the fourth planet makes Mars a low priority for the UEG and the Southern Cross.

Jupiter

Population: 75

The Solar System's largest planet is the site of the most remote of Earth's space bases, Jupiter Base Io. The base is home to a skeleton crew and a handful or scientists, a far cry from its relatively large population in the early 2020s.

Solar System (Partial View)


The World of Southern Cross