As Mars colonization finished at the dawn of the new century, humanity began a new struggle for resources and land on the desolate red sphere. Taking a lesson from their bloodstained history, various political and economic factions came together to pool the resources to develop a means of settling disputes that would avoid the mass loss of resources and lives. Their solutions were as follows:
- The incorporation of Mars as the "Multinational Autonomous Region Space" as a publicly held company entity
- Stock is to be held in the form of real estate
- The use of force can not relinquish stock with the exception that,
- A challenger may attain stock with the purchase of it through the SXS Market or,
- A challenger may attain stock with the mutual agreement in a challenge to be determined by both parties.
As the SXS Market grew, sub-incorporation organizations (SIOs) formed to control major resource hubs. An eccentric multi-billionaire moved in an alternative direction, purchasing swaths of seemingly empty land with no resources. As the SIOs then realized, without a transportation network, these parcels of highly valued stock tanked and the empty land which provided access to these hexes now became priceless. As offers came left and right, the billionaire decided to not to focus on profits, but on the distribution of stock. He developed the Interstellar Offers Challenge (IOC) program, allowing SIOs to choose a representative to physically capture points on his hexes, while his representatives prevented the capture of their defending parcels.