While Mars certainly could have destroyed Earth after the Martian Conflict, it could not rule it without its help, thus the term 'Martian Consortium' was avoided. This was also enhanced by the fact that the majority of Martians, especially those making decisions, were born and raised on Earth, and were more intent on stripping it of corruption instead of actual conquest.
The Martian government established the Solar Consortium, nominally placing itself under the rule of the larger body. While it began with an extremely disproportionate share of influence in the Consortium, this was, by design, a temporary situation. Nearly every Martian was born on Earth, after all, and there was little ill will to its people, merely the corrupt regimes that spanned the planet.
While it would be a bit hasty to call the Solar Consortium a utopia, it was hard to argue that life for 'the masses' was better at any time in the past. Its people were nigh immortal, immune to nearly all forms of disease, work mostly towards their own individual ends, and, in nearly every case, that effort alone is enough to supply their needs. The level of luxury was actually considered a problem - many were becoming iconic examples of Nietzsche's 'Last Men', and came to be known as the content.
As with every government before it, there were darknesses within the Solar Consortium. Rather like many of the governments leading to it, however, much of the populace was quite aware of what was going on, and though the Consortium tried to mitigate this fact in certain areas, such attempts were doomed to failure.
The support of the superstation, Ouranos Prime, was sometimes called the Silent Rebellion. Although less than a hundred in number, the individuals who gathered to build the station had attracted massive financial and material support, and followers numbering in the millions, each of them hoping that, maybe, by proximity, they too would be chosen.
The Consortium-Prime War ended the first era of the Solar Consortium, with the entire Solar Council being replaced after the war. Millions had died, and the opening of the skearns is generally considered to be the result of making gambles too close to home. Further conflict inside the Solar System, therefor, was highly discouraged, while the Anti-Homogenization Act ironically encouraged it elsewhere - and still does.
After the Purge, the Consortium slowly became the prime gerens for guarding mission work, bringing military and espionage to bear against those who would seek to prevent mankind from finding its home.
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