The R.K.K. Nevsky was created for one purpose – for the Russian government to donate this ship to the Mars colony. As a result, the Russian government insisted upon selecting the United Forces Officers who are ferrying colonists. Therefore Russia’s interests are heavily fortified by the crew. The colonists, however, (to reduce weight) are manning some posts. These colonists, hand-picked by Sanka Doug, have to ensure the community’s best interests are what is represented and not one country’s goals.
These are the brave men and women assigned to man stations on the ships, ferrying the equally brave men, women and children, who shall colonize Mars to their destination. Some are there for a round-trip to Mars, then right back to Earth. Still others are not just officers, but colonists, themselves.
The School Children
These are the children of colonists, several of whom are indeed the reason their parents got to go to Mars. They have the innocent vision necessary to see life the way it is and are the motivation needed to keep the adults dedicated to the colony’s survival.