***PLEASE NOTE. THE FOLLOWING POST IS BASED OFF THE ROBOTECH NOVELS UNIVERSE AKA THE R.N.U. THE STORIES TOLD ABOUT MARS SARA BASE IN THE COMIC SERIES "INVASION" ARE NOT PART OF THIS DISCUSSION NOR TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.***
Another one of the many stories that can spring up from words of Jack McKinney;
"The destruction of Sara Base on Mars was in some ways typical of the setbacks experienced by the newly formed World Unification Alliance, the unfortunate result of suspicion, misinformation, and manipulation by an unnamed collective of separatist factions. That the Northeast Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere could be so easily duped into believing the base a military installation was all the more cause for concern. But more than that, the attack upon the base marked the first instance that humankind had taken warfare off the planet and brought it to the stars. "
Malachi Cain, Prelude to Doomsday: A History of the Global Civil War
RN - Battle Cry
This brings up a lot that can be discussed;
Mars was colonized before SDF-1's arrival?
From the Novels timeline
2002 - Destruction of Mars Base Sara. Lisa Hayes's fiance, Karl Riber, is killed. Lisa turns 17. (RN - End of the Circle)
That gives to believe that the space exploration and technology had taken a giant leap BEFORE the introduction of Robotechnology. YAY SCIENCE!!!
But there is also the fact that the place ran on Reflex power, described as;
"...one of Robotechnology's first by-products-back in more peaceful times." (RN - Battle Cry)
The assumption is within those two years before it was destroyed, the base went through a major power upgrade.
Why was it destroyed?
Really no full story there. We have what the above Epigraph says; it was separatist factions. Holdovers from the Global Civil War. Lisa Hayes gave us a nugget more of information when remembering her deceased fiance, Carl/Karl Riber;
"He had volunteered for a nonmilitary position at Base Sara during the protracted conclusion of the Global Civil War. And died there during an unannounced and senseless raid; a misunderstanding of the worst sort."
RN - The Sentinels:Rubicon
They must of been one seriously pissed off group of factions to take the combat all the way to Mars. It is possible that with the "Visitor" now uniting governments and military, the separatists were finding it harder score victories on Earth.
More questions come up of how was the attack executed. Did they completely wipe out the personnel there? Was it a Kamikaze run by the enemy. Did anybody make it back to Earth?
What we do know is that base was destroyed when the Reflex furnaces were overloaded to release Khyron's gravity mines that held the SDF-1 down on Mars's surface.
But...it doesn't end there for the history of Mars Base!
Its reconstruction would become part of the United Earth's Government so called "Moran Plan";
"...which called for the immediate refurbishment of Sara (base)" (RN - Zentraedi Rebellion)
And this new base's ultimate fate?...
Yes...Jack covered it!
"Mars base had had its ups and downs over the decades. Founded just after the turn of the century, Sara Base—as it was then known—was already in ruins by 2010, when the RDF engaged the forces of Khyron's Botoru Battalion on the Martian surface. Rebuilt in 2016, during the readying of the SDF-3, the base was abandoned in 2022, only to be resurrected two years later, deriving most of its funding from a conglomerate of Asian concerns. It has been suggested that its closing, in 2030, was the direct result of the Shimada Family's advanced knowledge of the imminent arrival of the Masters; for, shortly thereafter, the upper management of each of those Asian concerns relocated to subterranean Tokyo."
From the introduction to Shi Ling's Sometimes Even a Yakuza Needs a Place to Hide
RN - Before the Invid Storm
From just one location...all the stories and discussion that are born from it.
But please dear reader, add your own thoughts possibilities.
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VIVA MCKINNEY! ✌
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