Space settlements and foreign policy

We have slightly updated this article, and given its continued relevance we have decided to reblog it. Soon we will publish an article which will discuss this topic in more detail.

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Introduction

When space settlements are reality, they will have to interact with other human communities, whether these are other space settlements or terrestrial communities. Especially in the early days of human space colonization, almost every space based community will be dependent on both the Earth and other space settlements, since it will be highly unlikely that one (small) space colony can be entirely autarkic. Therefore space based communities are required to maintain international relations and so they are in need of a foreign policy. In this post I will, for the sake of the argument, assume that space settlements will be sovereign entities, which are free to manage their own affairs.

Relations with terrestrial nations

Basically we have to distinguish between international relations with terrestrial nations on one hand and with other space settlements. This reason for this distinction is simple, for the next few decades, and probably for…

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2 thoughts on “Space settlements and foreign policy”

  1. I am replying to your suggestion of …. ask what I don’t understand about the info on your site and you will clarify. Sometimes it is even difficult to formulate a question. lol It never is one specific item that is confusing or unclear, it is that what you are writing about really requires prior knowledge of many terms and concepts. And that I don’t have.

    But that doesn’t keep me from enjoying your site and be in awe of all the thought you have given to space colonization. These problems will certainly have to be faced someday by someone.

    “Our advise is basically: avoid meddling with the internal affairs of other communities, both terrestrial and space-borne.”

    That advise I surely can understand. I wonder how it can be followed in space if the advise is not followed now on Earth. Not meddling unnecessarily really begins with family, extended family, community, country etc. I wouldn’t think it would be easy to stop meddling once we stepped onto another planet or wherever.

    So my comment is really just to show you that I do read what you write to the best of my ability. 🙂

    1. >>It never is one specific item that is confusing or unclear, it is that what you are writing about really requires prior knowledge of many terms and concepts. And that I don’t have.

      Even this is a useful suggestion. We use links to previous posts and external sources to provide knowledge of many terms and concepts we use on this site. Maybe it’s a good idea to include more of such links into our articles. Of course, we should take care that our references should be understandable.

      >>But that doesn’t keep me from enjoying your site and be in awe of all the thought you have given to space colonization.

      It’s good to hear this.

      >>I wonder how it can be followed in space if the advise is not followed now on Earth.

      The first thing space settlements should do, is avoid any interference with terrestrial affairs. The less space settlers interfere with Earth, the the less reason earthlings have to interfere with space settlements. Provocations are (too) often a cause of bad foreign relations.

      Secondly, distance is an important factor. By moving 150 million kilometers away from Earth, it will become much more difficult for terrestrials to interfere with space settlements.

      The third thing, is building a strong defense force to deter terrestrial governments.

      >>Not meddling unnecessarily really begins with family, extended family, community, country etc. I wouldn’t think it would be easy to stop meddling once we stepped onto another planet or wherever.

      People should learn to respect others and their life style choices. As a liberal organization we put great importance on mutual respect.

      >>So my comment is really just to show you that I do read what you write to the best of my ability.

      We got the message:-D

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