The MCRN fleet is heavily patrolling the belt. After the attack on the Donnager was pinned on the belt, there is a concern that they were to take the region by force.
Influenced from within by Protogen the UN Navy is readying itself for a war with Mars.
- The Story begins at the end of Season 1 of Expanse
- Eros is infected with the Procomolecule and Quarantined, while public knowledge claims it is a viral epidemic.
- Johnson was killed by the Radical faction in the OPA who felt he was too soft.
- Mao has not been seen or heard from, Protogen has been taken over by a new group.
- Chrisjen had an attempted assassination by Protogen, but now missing. Blamed on OPA by the UN (under Protogen influence)
- At the results of growing tensions with stealth tech being investigated, The UN / Martian special meeting results in a terrorist attack. Special elections made.
- Special Elections Lead to the resurgence of strong leadership in both the UN and Congressional Martian Republic
- The MCRN Conducts a Blockade on the Station of Ceres, pressing for the release of the perpetrators of the Peace Summit Terrorists
- Phoebe is destroyed In the aftermath of a confrontation by The UN, MCRN, and Belters
The ExpanseHumanity has expanded and reached for the stars. Earth has become more than simply the birthplace of our species, but just one of the few active governments within the Solar System.
We have split ourselves far and wide across the nearby expanses of space. Mars, once an independent colony, long ago broke off from the government of Earth in the first Interplanetary war, becoming an independent state and operating its own military.
Both governments utilize those humans who live on a vast array of space stations and moon bases across the solar system, these ‘belters’, live supposedly independent lives, though are economically and militarily inferior to both Mars and Earth.
Fear, tension, and hate rise throughout the solar system as Belter’s have their limited resources tightened and Earth carefully watches Mars in a powerful game of interstellar dominance.
Events quickly spiral as a The Belters take up a call of “Remember the Cant”, a cry of resistance against both Earth and Mars. Only a few know that the survivors of The Cantebury along with assistance from certain members of the Radical Belters called the OPA find the true cause of the destruction of their ship lies with the company Protogen.
The remaining crew of the Cantebury followed traces of these new stealth ships to Eros, where they arrive and find an outbreak of the virus. Since then neither the crew, nor updates on Eros itself has been heard from.
The Eros Incicent
In the wake of Eros’ Incident, both Earth and Mars agreed to a mutual quarantine to keep the truth underwraps and providing a small fleet of both navies surrounding the Asteroid base. Fabricated news relayed that a virulent virus had spread quickly through Eros, prompting the quarantine, but the truth still remains hidden.
In the throes of this political unrest and mounting growing tensions in the Belt, the head of the OPA, Fred Johnson was assassinated by more radical members of the organization.
Immediately after this coup, the OPA struck a United Nation and MCRN peace conference meant to discuss the spread of Stealth Technology to other entities. The bombing killed hundreds of men and women, taking out Ambassadors, Naval Officers, and heads of Government. Each planet suffered greatly, and the impact rippled to induce special elections in both the UN and back on Mars.
In the wake of this Chaos, Protogen, the company behind both Eros and the new stealth ships attempted an assassination of Undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala, though this failed she has now all but disappeared. In light of this failure, Protogens internal board of directors pushed out Jules-Pierre Mao who is presumed either dead or missing. They now seek to further progress with the Protomolecule on Ganymede.
With this chaos now running through the Solar System tensions are now higher than ever, with each faction seeing room for them to become the dominant power.
The Blockade of CeresWith the Special Elections over and the Solar System thrown into Chaos, the new leaders of the MCR have seen an opportunity to both exert a small bit of power and gain vengeance on the OPA faction that attacked not only their leadership, but that of the UN as well.
Acting on intelligence the Martian Congressional Republic sent a fleet of ships to Blockade the colony of Ceres, locking down the entire station and demanding that the OPA turn over the terrorists who committed the bombings of the peace summit.
Reacting harshly, Belters across Ceres broke out into spontaneous riots that saw the colony fall into chaos. Though multiple injuries and even deaths occurred to OPA, UN, and MCRN soldiers, not to mention civilians, the Riots were eventually quashed and a modicum of peace returned to the station.
The MCRN had made it's point however, they were a force to be reckoned with and considered.
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