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  #226 New June 3rd, 2020 12:56 AM
Here are some of my thoughts for my Space: 1889 universe.

Mars is NOT hot. Mars gets 43 per cent of the isolation from the Sun as the Earth does. Every allowing for some carbon dioxide greenhouse effect to boost the temperature, Mars is not going to be hot. Ninety degrees Fahrenheit might be a hot day near the equator. The Coprates might be warm and humid, but not sweltering.

Corollary to the above: The tall, slender Martians were adequate clothing to stay warm, and that does include the High Martians. Loincloths are not going to cut it. I am still working on what the High Martian might wear on their torso for warm, but legging leaving their feet free will be worn. Remember, they are not called "High Martians" for nothing.

Seasons are varied in length. Based on NASA, the seasons on Mars vary in length. The Northern Hemisphere Summer is quite long, 178 days, with Spring being 194 days, and these occur when Mars is farthest from the Sun. That means the corresponding Southern Hemisphere Winter is very long and very cold. The Southern Hemisphere Summer is hotter than the Northern Hemisphere, as Mars is at it closest to the Sun. Thus, the Coprates is warm and humid. Ditto the Swamps of Gorklimsk.

The British do not do heat Well. Based on two trips totally over 8 weeks in the U.K., the British do not do heat. Eighty is a hot day, and ninety is horrible. Reading Samual Baker's accounts of exploring Abyssinia and Kenya looking for the Nile sources pretty much confirms that. So complaints about Mars being hot mean it is like the U.S. Midwest in the summer, with less 90 degree days. Americans should be better if from anywhere except the Pacific Northwest, New England, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Britain's biggest rival on Mars is not Germany. The Germans did not do that well with native populations, except to a degree in East Africa. See what happened in Southwest Africa. The British big problem is the U.S. We sell modern weapons to the Martians, and do not try to dominate everything in sight like the Europeans The Martians like the modern firepower, and also the other aid, like irrigation equipment that we are supplying. We also have a rapidly growing population and industrial base, courtesy of steady German and Irish emigration, along with the Dutch. Weapons sales pay for liftwood.

There are two kinds of liftwood trees. The one that grows slowly in the Highlands works, the one that grows very fast in the Lowlands near the canals does not. More on that in a monograph to come.

Sharp's Rifle Company is still in business, and is also using the Spencer patents, which have expired. Guess who it buying the Spencers, with the latest using smokeless powder ammunition, for greatly increased performance. More on that later as well.
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