Elon Musk says Mars is exempt from Earth laws: colony will be self-sufficient


Elon Musk has made no secret of his desire to be the first to set up a colony on Mars, but if you still had doubts about his intentions, know that he has already set the legal framework. And it does so by declaring Mars exempt from Earth-related laws.

Buried under Starlink’s Beta Consumer Service Terms and discovered by Whole Mars Catalog, is a section titled Governing Laws, which clearly states that Mars is a “free planet.” As such, it is free from Earth-related laws, which means settlers here won’t have to comply with the laws governing the Earth, but be able to make it their own. Given that Musk intends to put them there with SpaceX, it essentially gives him carte blanche to make the laws on Mars. “For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonization spacecraft, the parties recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities. “, section reads.

Earth-related laws will be applicable around the Earth and on the Moon, but anything further than that is considered to be exempt from them. As such, the people who colonize Mars will have to make their own laws. Or, more exactly: “The disputes will be settled according to principles of autonomy, established in good faith, at the time of the Martian settlement.”

Now the meaning behind Musk “Free March” has been fully revealed / confirmed. Then again, for those who have been keeping up with the latest developments on Starlink, the network of man-made satellites meant to bring the Internet into space, and SpaceX, this can’t come as a huge surprise. Some time ago, Elon Musk himself said that the Martian colony should be independent from Earth in any way, as a hypothetical World War III could be the end of our planet, so the colonists would have to learn to fend for themselves. without any outside help. .

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