If the nation state continues into the epoch of fast interplanetary rocket
travel (and no Singularity yet) China let's say; then interplanetary land
grabs should occur. Remind me of Ben Bova's stories.
In a message dated 6/24/00 1:29:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
<< A nation that says you should not be able to "claim" the land could take
action to ruin whatever land you live on (if not by outright military
action, then possibly by sending all kinds of probes to do "experiments"
right in your way, where you touching them or interfering with them in
any way would be an excuse for armed conflict); or, if you set up trade,
or at least resupply, runs with someone still on Earth, then just
interfering with that someone. That they would gain nothing from it is
beside the point: they would feel more secure without someone that does
not report to them living so dramatically outside their perceived reach. >>
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