Plagued by an unpredictable climate and lethal atmosphere, Mars is far from the ideal tourist destination. However, being the closest planet to Earth, many Earthborns aspire to visit the red planet at one point or another.
Being home to the first Human colony, Mars has become a symbol of hope for much of Humanity and directly led to the Trailblazer Program, among many other projects. Contrary to that symbol, majority of Mars' colonists are confined underground 99% of the year and are doomed to live on the planet with little to no chance of economic gain.
Ever since the 1970s, Humanity has actively tried to land probes and study the red planet. They made significant leaps throughout the early 2000s and eventually made it the sole target of their early colonization efforts.
In 2059 CE, that very dream became a reality as the first Human colony, Exodus, was established on Mars. The colony quickly grew in its early years and became a popular tourist destination. That spark quickly wore off with the establishment of Genesis as most Humans came to realize living on Mars was just a few steps short of torture.
Despite this scorn towards the red planet, the discovery of the Martian Reconnaissance Post changed the course of Humanity forever and continues to provide Humans with valuable information to this very day.
Most of the 900,000 Humans (801,568) living on Mars are packed into the vast underground colony Exodus. However, the other 100,000 are primarily spread out across the planet at various research and mining outposts.