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Republic of Lagrangia and the Voyager

Those who think that Republic of Lagrangia is a space blog, might wonder why we didn’t pay attention to last week’s news that Voyager 1 has definitely left our Solar System. But those make a mistake: namely that we are a space blog. Only the fact is that Republic of Lagrangia is not a space blog, we are a blog about space colonization.

One might argue that the topic space colonization is a subset of the topic space. Though this is technically true,  categorizing Republic of Lagrangia as a space blog might however create the confusion that we are a generic space blog, what we are not. Suppose that Alice has a blog about horses, than we might say that Alice has a blog about animals. In this case it’s obvious that doing so is absurd, since Alice only writes about a specific type of animals.

Since we are not a generic space blog, calling Republic of Lagrangia a space blog is equally absurd as calling Alice’s blog an animal blog. Most space blogs are about space exploration, and should better be called space exploration blogs.

Space exploration, the scientific study of the universe, is without doubt a fascinating topic to write about. It’s only of limited relevance for space colonization. The major arena for space colonization in the near future, is the Inner Solar System. Therefore discoveries made about distant galaxies, or even our own galaxy is of little importance for the colonization of our own neighbourhood.

It’s for us more interesting to discuss the developments in other areas of science and technology, such as 3D-printers or in vitro meat, which might help the colonization of outer space.

And more importantly, we of Republic of Lagrangia see space colonization as a mean to implementing social reforms, rather as an end in itself. We belief that it’s important to give space colonization an appeal beyond the circle of space geeks. Therefore we focus on the social issues of space colonization, and if we discuss scientific or technological developments, we focus on how these developments might affect society.

Therefore we did not write about Voyager 1 leaving our Solar System.

Declaration on International Conflicts

This is a declaration on the formal position of Republic of Lagrangia in matters of international conflicts.

For the purpose of this declaration, international conflicts are defined as any dispute between any number of nations, regardless whether any nation involved is recognized as such by the international community.

Since the purpose of Republic of Lagrangia is the establishment of an independent and sovereign republic in outer space, RofL maintains a policy of strict neutrality in matters of international disputes between terrestrial nations. For all on going international conflicts RofL is in favour of any peaceful resolution of those conflicts, for any of those conflicts RofL does not prefer any particular solution.

Consequently, RofL will not discuss any particular international conflict between terrestrial nations in its publication, nor will it allow any public discussion thereof on its blogs and fora. However, this will not prevent RofL from referring to international conflicts for illustrious purposes, provided that none of the parties involved will receive any credit or discredit.

A Little Bit of History, Part Two

Recently I did a post about the history of Republic of Lagrangia, today I will discuss the etymology of the name Mordanicus. The form is derived from the word <Mordan> in the manner of Roman victory titles such as Germanicus or AfricanusThe point is now, where does the name <Mordan> came from?

Mordan is derived from a science fiction book called De Heerser van Mordan (The Ruler of Mordan) by Dutch science fiction author Tais Teng, which I read at age ten. In this book two children get into trouble with a strange new comer in town, who introduces himself as the ruler of Mordan. The “ruler” is trying to take over control of their town and is able to even control the police. Soon the children discover that this man is from the future, the year 2117. In order to defeat him, they sneak into his new build palace and through a list they convince the ruler’s assistant, a genetically modified monkey, to bring them to the future in order to get assistance.

The monkey operates the time machine, called a zaduk, and in 2117 they run into the hands of a man called Ven, who mistakes them for Haldo, the fled ruler. Ven explains that in the Republic of Mordan that no one desires to rule the country and that the job of Ruler of Mordan is simply given to the first applicant. However, Haldo enjoyed to be the ruler and therefore his citizens were forced to fire him after a few days.

Of course we get a few shots of how the future would like, but soon after their arrival the children are told by Ven that it is against the law that people from the past can see anything from the future. But the most intriguing feature we get from the year 2117 is that we see many people flying in the sky on their own. This is intriguing because the founder of modern Space colonization, Gerard O’Neill, has written a lengthy part of The High Frontier about flying. In the center of a rotating space habitat, the centrifugal force is small and therefore objects placed there are floating weightless.

The ability to fly on your own is the ultimate symbol of freedom, the idea that the Mordans were able to fly on their own is not just a nice featured futuristic technology. No it means that Mordan is a land of the free, people who will never tolerate a dictator.

When I read De Heerser of Mordan for the first time, I was already interested in space colonization and some time later I decided that Mordan would be the name of the space colony I wanted to establish. Further I realised that if I would succeed to do so, I would be one of the first person to create a new country without resorting to violence. Such act would be, in my eyes, much more glorious than any military victory. From there the name Mordanicus.