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|date= April, [[2260]]
 
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|result=Hundreds of civilian deaths; Proxima and Orion colonies declare independence
 
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{{Quote box|Don't do it! We've got women and children down here, don't do it!|Mars radio operator}}
 
The '''Bombing of Mars''' was the pivotal event that led to the [[Earth Alliance Civil War]]. It began when the [[Mars Provisional Government|Martian government]] refused to implement martial law as ordered by [[President of the Earth Alliance|President]] [[Morgan Clark|Clark]]. In response, Clark ordered airstrikes against [[Mars]]. A squadron of [[Thunderbolt]] [[Starfuries]] was sent to the surface with orders to bomb civilian targets. Despite pleas over the radio from below, the Starfuries launched their missiles, killing hundreds of innocent civilians.
 
   
In response to these atrocities, the colonies of [[Proxima III]] and [[Orion VII]] severed their ties to the [[Earth Alliance]] and declared independence. This prompted Clark to send fleets to several outposts and colonies, including [[Babylon 5]], to prevent them from seceding; in Babylon 5's case, this backfired, as it prompted Captain [[John Sheridan]], outraged at the bombing and concerned about the safety of Babylon 5's residents and the looming [[Second Shadow War]], to declare independence himself.<ref>[[Severed Dreams]]</ref>
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The '''Bombing of Mars''' was the pivotal event that caused the start of the [[Earth Alliance Civil War]]. It began when the Martian government refused to implement martial law as ordered by President Clark. In response, Clark sent his forces to attack Mars. A squadron of Thunderbolt Starfuries was sent to the surface with orders to bomb civilian targets. Despite pleas over the radio from below, the Starfuries launched their missiles, killing hundreds of innocent civilians.
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In response to these atrocities, the colonies of Promixa and Orion declared independence from Earth. <ref>[[Severed Dreams]]</ref>
   
 
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