Post by scottwashburn on Feb 23, 2021 17:35:03 GMT
Expansion is difficult while remaining within the realm of known science. Mars is a barren desolate place today, but evidence suggests it was more hospitable in the distant past. The Martians evolved in those better times and have managed to adapt both in their physical bodies and by technology to the deteriorating environment on Mars and so their invasion of Earth is not too far outside the realm of possibility. But from what we know about Venus and Mercury, the chances of there being any life there at all is very slim. A few of the moons of Jupiter and Saturn might hold life, but that's about as far as it goes.
SPACE 1889 was built on a counterfactual "assumption:" that Mars has a breathable atmosphere. From this, S1889 was able to build a reasonable framework. The canals are truly canals, remnants of technology that older Martian civilization used for irrigation and for transport when Mars was a much wetter environment. Over time Mars lost much of its water and became an arid, but still habitable world. Traces of the advanced technologies are found and sometimes can be operated and put to use. Much of it is inexplicable to us.
This demonstrates the power of single assumption as an enabler for an entirely different story line. A relatively small number of relaxations of reality can enable a lot gameplay. It is not necessary for reality to bind fiction excessively.
according to NASA climate modeling Venus may well have been habitable for up to two billion years. in that timeframe an intelligent life form could well have developed and reached a level of technological advancement that it could survive the planets gradual change into its current state as well as created off planet colonies even on inhospitable planets and satellites. its actually entirely possible that the "Martians" were originally refugees from Venus and as their colony on mars also succumbed to the inevitable decay they once again attempted to move to greener pastures.
that all said i would prefer Venusians to be Venusians and Martians to be Martians.
I would think Venusians to live in massive underground shelters with advanced machinery that harvests energy and raw chemicals from the now deadly atmosphere. they would have to have extremely durable vehicles or suits that would allow them to traverse the surface to repair those systems if necessary. in war these would be extremely durable though i expect relatively lightly armed (if armed at all) as warfare on the surface of Venus would be tantamount to suicide and weapons ports would be prone to damage from the environment more likely they would use these durable vehicles as a means to get their infantry into combat who would then use the advanced close range weapons they developed for tunnel fighting on Venus to great effect in the trenches of the front lines and tunnels of the under dwellers. id expect them to have devastating corrosive chemical weapons. and possibly chemically powered lasers. also powered drilling equipment to use as melee weapons would be fitting.
Rams and Ramming seems like a great Tactic on Venus. If you can puncture the enemies' outer hull, the enemy is toast!
exactly, id anticipate giant drills on the front of their vehicles for breaching opponents tunnels/bunkers possibly also shaped charges or one shot rockets like a panzerfaust for their armored infantry (because only disposable weapons would make sense in the caustic environment)