Martian Genobiology and Mining University
The university survived the nanoswarms under a shield of blue goo generated by its resident AIs, but the newly terraformed Martian ecosystem was decimated. It remained one of the important centres of civilization during the so called "dark ages", and during the Federation period it continued to be a leading institution for the study of self-sustaining microgravity habitats, biotech, and nano-engineering and nano-defence systems.
With the dawn of the fifth millennium and the emergence of the archailect empires humanity lost its position of importance, and the University was seen as increasingly irrelevant outsystem, a trend that not even its resident superbrights and SI:1 singularity AIs could reverse. However, it continued to be considered a place of prestige and pride by the Solar Organisation. Current areas of research include terraforming, self-sustaining biosystems, and low-gravity ore extraction and processing.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev; based on original idea by Kevin Self
Initially published on 08 December 2001.