Earthlings already have plenty of governmental problems these days, with power struggles occurring on the daily between the people and the powers that be. Now, with our sights set on outer space, there are no shortage of folks wondering exactly what sort of governing structure might exist as humans head out into the great unknown.
One of the most forward-thinking space entrepreneurs out there, Elon Musk, is now wondering if he’s going to be the guy who needs to take the first step…especially as he moves ever closer to bring human beings to Mars.
For some, however, simply taking the first step on an alien planet is not looking far enough into the future. Once a community is set up on Mars, discussions will need to be had about exactly how it is governed and functions. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, is one of those people planning for such a future, and seems to already be setting the groundwork in the terms of service of the company’s current products.
In the user agreement for the company’s satellite internet service Starlink, one particular paragraph stands out:
“For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonisation spacecraft, the parties recognise Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities,” the governing law section states.
“Accordingly, disputes will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement.”
SpaceX did not respond to multiple attempts for more information from The Independent, but experts suggest that the addition of this segment could actually have two purposes: the first is that it is a joke; the second is that it is laying groundwork for a Mars constitution – based on how permissive the existing legislation for space exploration actually is.
Musk’s eccentricity has been on full display in recent years, as he not only continues to innovate in the realms of electric cars and space exploration, but also smokes enormous joints with Joe Rogan and establishes companies who specialize in flame-throwers.
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