"Mars should be totally independent from the very start."

An argument on Mars' independence

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Mon, Dec 21st, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Sounding like the plot of a science fiction movie, Jacob Haqq-Misra, a researcher at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science is arguing in favour of giving Mars total independence from the start. The idea is to make the red planet a completely independent colony that does not answer to its masters on Earth.

First, humans who land on Mars relinquish their Earthly citizenship. They are Martians now, not Earthlings. Second, governments, companies and people on Earth cannot interfere with the politics or economics of Mars. That means no coercive trading, no economic meddling, no backdoor deals for goods or services. Third, scientific exploration of Mars can continue as long as it doesn’t interfere with whatever civilisation is developing independently. Fourth, land use on Mars must be determined by Martians. And Fifth, anything that was brought from Earth to Mars is now Martian, and Earthlings can’t ask for it back.

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