Made for MotF 157: From here to eternity
Egypt in 2052 - Economic growth and prosperity in the 2020s due to a closer relationship with the Russian federation made Egypt into the most powerful country in the region. They participated in mining the first Asteroid along with Russia in a space mission headed by Russia aswell. This changed politics on earth, the extreme wealth that could be made from mining asteroids quickly threw all of the major powers into a new space race, which even the nordic countries participated in. Russia was the first to set up a colony on the red planet, but it didn't take long until independent corporations started doing this aswell. The united states of America Bought large territories off of these corporations along with India and the nordic countries. However the exact border was never made clear and a large region ended up disputed where all 3 of these are building inside. China originally settling their own small area in the north soon bordered new large corporative colonies which had to be bought, if they managed to encapsule the chinese colony it would prevent future growth.
Egypt aquired its first colony from Russia in 2041, for a relatively cheap price aslong as Russia had rights to work, travel and use the territory aswell. The area was settled by just a few thousand people, mostly Russian, but after a few years an immense ammount of egyptian settlers were sent and the number grew. Allthough the colony being very expensive, it was made into a national pride and mission to further the advancement of humanity.