The Crown Colony of Syrtis Major and Surrounding
The British crown colony, along with its treaty dependancies and the
jointly administered regency territory of Parhoon, covers the entire Syrtis
Major basin as well as parts of the adjoining uplands. Ralations with the
Parhoonese, Meepsoori and Moerus Lacus highlanders are good, but relations are
somewhat more strained with the subjects of the lowland cities. Britain is
currently at war with the Oenotrian Empire.
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The City of Syrtis Major
The City of Syrtis Major is situated at a major junction of several
grand canals and was a major city-state and mercantile centre for centuries
before it became the capital of Seldon's empire. The remains of the Imperial
palaces are still imposing, although most of them were abandoned long ago. One
of the smaller palaces is now inhabited by Amraamtaba X, Prince of Syrtis
Major, deposed by the British in 1880.
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Points of Interest
- The Old Barracks: Originally one of the government buildings
of Seldon's empire, it has been heavily rebuilt inside and out. The 5th Martian
Foot is quartered here.
- The New Barracks: This building was constructed by the British
in 1887 and incorporates part of the old Martian Imperial Mint. The South Wales
Borderers are quartered here, and this is the location of the main British
arsenal on Mars.
- Syrtis Cathedral:
- The Residency: These buildings contain the offices and
quarters of the governor-general of the colony. The residency is the
administrative center of the colonial government. The buildings are of human
construction, and plants from Earth have been imported to make the place as
comfortable and familiar as possible for the families of Her Majesty's
- The Explorer's Club: This rebuilt Martian building once housed the
Martian canal excise offices under the Seldons. It now serves as a home away
from home for members of the Explorer's Club. Membership is restricted to
British subjects, and the dues are £5 per annum.
- The British Quarter:
- The Legation Compound: This area is a mixture of new
human-built buildings and older bulidings of Martian construction. The compound
is surrounded by a low wall and contains the diplomatic representatives of
several nations. The following nations maintain embassies: The Empire of
Germany, the Republic of France, the United States of America, and the Empire
of Russia. The following maintain consulates, or ministries of less than full
embassy status: the Kingdom of Italy, the Empire of Austria-Hungary, the
Kingdom of Spain, the Kingdom of Portugal, the Kingdom of Holland, the Holy
See, and the King of Siam.
- The Shipyards: This facility is the only fully equipped
European shipyard on Mars, and is the only place where modern aerial gunboats
can be built on Mars. Vessels of other nations must either be purchased from
the British or imported in pieces and assembled.
- The Harbour District: Located at the junction of the canals,
the Great Harbopur once serviced the fleets of canal boats that came to Syrtis
Major. Now it has become a criminal quarter, home for every sort of low
character and wretched ne'er-do-well imaginable.
- The Bazaar: This is the market for all the wealth and
treasures of the world. Here for a price, one can buy anything from a paper of
dressmaker's pins to 100 Winchester Model 1889 repeaters.
- The Ruins of Seldon's Palace:
- The Emerald Palace: Constructed completely of the pale green
Meroe limestone (hence its name), the Emerald Palace is now the residence of
Amraamtaba X, Prince of Syrtis Major. The Prince holds no power and is the last
of his lineage. When he dies, his lands become crown property, and his children
will be forbidden to call themselves "Prince" by the terms of the Treaty of
Parhoon, which ended the Second War of Parhoon Succession and legalized the
annexation of Syrtis Major, among other city states, into the British colony.
Amraamtaba's lands are already under the direct administration of the British
governor, and his only income is a British subsidy. Amraamtaba quietly hates
the British and plots against them endlessly and incompetently.
"Space 1889" by Frank Chadwick
"What was that chap's name again, Sah Major?"
Yank, sah? John Carter, sah."
"Oh, yes. A Virginian. Gone native, eh?"
"Yes, Sah. Marshies say he's more more Martian than they are. 'He is made of
the sands of the deserts, with the waters of the canals flowing through his
veins.' What rot."
"Pity. But what can one expect from an American..."
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