Egypt commissioned the Ra as a standard spacecraft post WWIII, but before the International Federation of Space Exploration issued the order that each continent had to supply one of their spacecrafts for the Mars mission. As a result, Egypt hand-picked the crew, leaving the colonists the only officers that IFSE’s Sanka Doug and Mars Colony’s Sophia Martinez have control over. Therefore, with the exception of the posts manned by colonists, Egypt’s best interests are most definitely being pursued by the Ra.
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.
Maqdm Doctor Farouk Saeed
The Islamic devout practitioner of his faith, Farouk gives Fredrick Tanner a run for his money as far as being a religious extremist. He’s just as controlling of his wife and son as Fredrick is of his wife and children. Farouk was adamant that he be on a ship without Christians, since Fredrick got a ship without Muslims. Officially out of fairness, though Sanka Doug wanted the extremist religious apart from one another, Farouk’s family was assigned the Ra, rather than the Ingles. He’s a skilled surgeon and healer, which is his most obvious redeeming feature. He has just enough compassion that, when in doctor mode, he views his patients without regard to their faith. Just as for Fredrick, his enemy is without faith being just another target to kill. It takes time for these two opposites to discover they are really alike, two sides of the same coin.
Enyonyam “Nav” Odamtten
She’s the Ghanaian cousin of Khanyisile, through whom General Doug discovered Khanyisile’s impressive agricultural knowledge. She’s also a spy for Ghana. A country that’s for far too long been bullied by the powerful, Ghana wants a hand in the creation of the Mars outpost. That’s because they want, for once, Africa to have a country in control of a powerful resource, instead of being drained of resources. She’s cunning and observant. A woman who is to be trusted and a woman who trusts no one. She has Ghana’s best interests at heart, which means the best interests of the colony at heart, despite the fact all appearances indicate she’s less trustworthy than Fredrick Tanner.
These are the colonists who have much to offer on Mars, but have little to offer when it comes to running a spaceship, aside from an ability to adapt rapidly and learn.
Owoye “The Shrink” Nzeogwu
Owoye is the psychologist/psychiatrist for the colony. He’s familiar with both medications and psychological analysis and reparation of damaged psyches through counseling. He has learned that medications only work short term, while reparation works permanently. Therefore, when Sanka Doug was choosing a counselor for Mars, Owoye Nzeogwu was the perfect choice. His psychiatry degree gave the investors something to hang their pills on, even though Owoye was authorized by Sanka Doug because he doesn’t believe in medicating to hide the emotional source of the problem, but rather solving it instead.
From India, Ayu is Fabio’s wife and, like Wanda, lets her husband have his way. While she always dresses in the hijab and long covering robes of Muslim women, she is not as oppressed as a Westerner would expect. She knows how to talk to her husband in such a way to help him make decisions for the best. So in her own quiet way she is head of household, not that Farouk would admit that.
She’s from Iran and was raised Muslim, but like most Iranians is leaning towards Atheism thanks to the ever oppressive government demands that Islam be respected. She’s a dentist, how she ended up selected for Mars, as no other dentist was willing to apply. For Ebadi it was a means of escape. She is dedicated to finding ways to help her patients. She left Iran so as to work without needing a husband to approve her decision.
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.
Born and raised in Bahrain, Mohammed is the son of Ayu and Farouk. While born Muslim, he’s just young enough to still be open to the ideas that other religions have merit. With his father’s constant statements that this mission is part of the Night of Final Judgment prophecy, specifically the world flipping upside-down (going from Earth to Mars), Mohammed is studiously searching for Mohammed’s return and Isla (Jesus) return in the remaining colonists of the fleet, regardless of what faith or nationality these two returning religious icons may hail from this time around.