More Space News: Grand Duchy Of Luxembourg Affirms Rights To Space…

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
November 20, 2016

Just a couple of weeks ago I blogged about the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg’s attempts to position itself as a leader in space-mining finance. As I argued then, Luxembourg has long been an international banking hub, and hence its decision to move into this area is not surprising. As I averred in that previous blog, space is a perfect way to mask all sorts of financial chicanery, and a convenient way to launder money or profits by overstating, or understating, certain numbers on one’s ledger books. After all, to catch such dubious dealings, one has to literally go out there and put boots on the asteroids, so to speak, and “see for oneself”. It’s a perfect way, in short, to extend that hidden system of finance I’ve been talking about so much over the past few years. Not only was space perhaps “secretly collateralized,” but it provides virtually limitless opportunities for cooking the books: say “Space Mining and Widgets” claims to have found vast resources on an asteroid in X quadrillions of dollars. One really wouldn’t know if that was the case unless one went there and independently verified it, beyond the usual means of spectrographic analysis and so on. Such analysis, or space probes collecting soil samples and so on, would provide margins of error, of course, but within those margins it could be a veritable playground for clever “bookkeeping.” Physicists and chemists become “interplanetary assayers for hire”, so to speak.

Well, here’s another intriguing story that was shared by Ms. C, and you’ll note the dateline – Nov 13, 2016 – puts this story once again into that weird context of the American election and its aftermath, a temporal frame in which we’ve seen a variety of other space-related stories coming out, including those which I blogged about yesterday. This one, however, is another “whopper doozie”:

Space Mining: Luxembourg’s New Law To Give Private Companies Right To Outer Space Resources

You’ll note that the Grand Duchy is, in effect, attempting to follow what has already essentially been decided in the US, and to become the first European country – notably an international banking hub to boot – to grant ownership of resources extracted from near Earth objects like asteroids:

“The legal framework we put in place is perfectly in line with the Outer Space Treaty. Our law does not suggest to either establish or imply in any way sovereignty over a territory or over a celestial body. Only the appropriation of space resources is addressed in the legal framework,” Etienne Schneider, deputy prime minister and minister of the economy, said in an official announcement of the draft law.

According to Article 1 of the draft law, space resources are capable of being appropriated in accordance with international law. This makes Luxembourg the first European country to provide legal ownership of external space resources.

Of course, one can quibble about the niceties of international law and what does or does not constitute “sovereignty,” but the bottom line remains that is one is extracting resources from a piece of land on Earth or elsewhere, one is in essence asserting sovereignty. And this is a pattern, like I argued last week, that could equally be applied to the “East Indies” companies of yesteryear, which effectively extended British and Dutch sovereignty via corporate cut-outs to encompass empires that engulfed lands far from The Hague or London.

What I suspect this law does is to…

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.

 

A Strange Week Of Space News [Part 3] – The Plans For A Martian…

 A STRANGE WEEK OF SPACE NEWS: PART THREE: THE PLANS FOR A MARTIAN ...

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Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
July 1, 2016

The week of strange space news is not over yet, with this article submitted by Mr. V.K. You’ll recall that yesterday I concluded my blog and the high octane speculation thus far by stating that I think the spate of stories about space coming out lately mean that, behind the scenes, discussions are relatively much more advanced than we might imagine, for the creation of an international order in space – including the basis of a “space military” – notwithstanding, end deliberately excluding, terrestrial conflicts. In a certain sense, this is inevitable, for any international efforts in space would simply require the cooperation of participants in order to secure the survival of any human bases or colonies. While my argument was highly speculative(and remains so), this article from Mr. V.K. brings home the point that, indeed, such discussions are already occurring:

The Government of Mars Is Already Being Planned: A Glimpse at Martian Law

What I found very intriguing in this article is the following passage:

One research group in Seattle, the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, has recently penned a report addressing that very question.

The report, titled “A Pragmatic Approach to Sovereignty on Mars” and published in Space Policy, borrows from three already established treaties — the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), the Outer Space Treaty (OST), and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Using 1967’s Outer Space Treaty as a foundation, the researchers targeted the potential problems that could arise as citizens from different countries begin to cohabitate on a new planet — namely, how much power should a central governing structure possess, how to handle the inevitable disputes that will arise, and how resource rights should be allocated and protected.

The governing body proposed by the Blue Marble Institute is called the Mars Secretariat. As the name implies, this body would be a weak central authority whose purview would primarily be administrative — record maintenance, secretarial duties, and the like. Martian inhabitants themselves would wield significant local power.

Legally, however, this power would be derived from inhabitants’ host nations, “with conflicts to be resolved diplomatically or through a temporary tribunal system composed of representatives of other Mars colonies.”

Note the emphasis here on “sovereignty,” for in order for any functioning human colonies to function properly, they must have a measure of local and even individual personal sovereignty to make choice appropriate to the situation, free from some Earth-bound bureaucrat handing down space-diktats like an out of touch EU commissioner. The emphasis on a “tribunal” composed of representatives of various nationalities that might be present in any potential colony, Martian or otherwise, is also intriguing, for it suggests the creation of a kind of local parliament or legislative body arriving at decisions as situations arise, again, a practical measure that would be necessary in spite of the best laid (Earth-based) plans.

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Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and “strange stuff”. His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into “alternative history and science”.