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THE I.P. PROTECTORATE - THE PRIMARY CIVIL COUNCIL FOR BOTH EARTH AND MARS - HAVE CONFIRMED THAT WORK WILL SOON BEGIN ON A 5TH MARTIAN CITY - YET TO BE NAMED - WHICH THEY SAY WILL BE COMPLETED BY 2250. IMAGINED SETUP.

It has been described as "the most ambitious industrial plan in the history of mankind", but the representatives of the I.P. Protectorate insist it is both achievable and cost-effective. While the actual square footage of the proposed newbuild - which is yet to be named - will be the smallest of the four extant cities, the arcology is to be the tallest; reaching vertically for nearly a mile.

This aspect of the build is crucial to its success, since (much like its cousin Price-III), the new city will be built between two sets of fault lines. Thus, it must be narrow to avoid resting in an active earthquake zone. The location and size of the city has been accurately determined by I.P. algorithms.

When asked how many citizens could inhabit the city, the I.P. representative was more illusive: "At present we're not clear on how much of the city will be residential and how much will be devoted to continued industrial developments."

THE NEW CITY WILL BE HOME TO THE NEWLY-DESIGNED PROTECTORATE HEADQUARTERS. STANDING A SHADE UNDER 1,500 M HIGH, IT IS THE TALLEST SKYSCRAPER IN THE ARCOLOGY. PHOTO JEG PARDY.  

Given the close proximity of the new city to the Northern shore, there is ongoing concern that the I.P. will use the city as a base to further its socio-economical monopoly on Martian soil and rock.  ​Indeed, the I.P. own over 30% of the real estate on Marlon-IV and Carogan-I.

At a recent interview on the subject, Hajika Kanazawa - who is also expected to expand his real estate into the new city - said he was "pleased to help the Protectorate expand its business opportunities for Martian Citizens. This will be a win-win for all involved". We are awaiting an announcement from the Protectorate on who will be the frontrunners for city Governor.

More details will be reported by M4 when they become available.

Chrizec Tarnofsky, M4 correspondent.