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The Politics of Space

FREEDO
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9/17/2013 12:05:09 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
With the new opportunity to colonize space, we are presented with a potential paradigm shift in the future of human politics.

Here we shall hypothesize the possible outcomes.

We already have some baring on what it may look like, with the appearance of the first international treaties dealing with space-politics.

Outer Space Treaty 1967
Currently ratified by: 102 countries, including all space-faring countries.
Bans the existence of nuclear weapons in space.
Bans the establishment of military installations in space.
Bans any nation from claiming parts of space as their own.
Refers to space as "the common heritage of mankind" but does not explicitly ban private ownership.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Moon Treaty 1984
Currently ratified by: 15 counties, not including any major space-faring countries.
Bans national or private ownership of any "celestial body".
http://en.wikipedia.org...

The UN has stated that the private claim to arbitrary parcels of empty space is effectively banned by the Outer Space Treaty. However, orbits may be appropriated to people, so long as they use it. This is overseen by the International Telecommunications Union.
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9/17/2013 2:58:17 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I'm surprised space colonization isn't the big thing Ancaps talk about. It appears to be a big hope for them. Ironically, thanks to the UN.

However, I think corporations will end up screwing that over if it ever gets a chance to take hold.
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