The Xinglong was small privately owned prospector ship. Several families have put their savings together and invest in this spaceship. For the rest of the finances needed, they have taken a loan from Consolidated Holdings and Investments.
Financial trouble Edit
The profits from the Xinglong weren't sufficient and its owners fell three payments behind with their loan. Their bank, Consolidated Holdings and Investments reacted by putting a lien on their ship. This action probably forced the owners to disable the transponder on the Xinglong, since it would allow their ship to be easily traceable and they would lose it.
Encounter with Scipio Africanus Edit
After the Xinglong was destroyed, the official Martian press release has claimed that Scipio has tried to hail the prospector ship prior to attacking. The information channels run by OPA disagreed, pointing out that no one has caught any of said transmissions.
In the days following the incident, the outer planets citizens became even more anti-Martian and the radical parts of OPA had gained many more supporters. Mars reacted by sending over twenty additional warships to stabilize the situation in the reaction and leading them open to an attack that Earth waged on their home-world a few months after this incident.