Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On Luna, Citizenship Does not Guarantee Residency III

In you can't afford to live on Luna, get used to this.
         ...So my wife read the two previous posts on this topic, and her first question was: "If Lunar citizens who can't afford to live on the Moon have to live in another country, what happens when their Visas run out?"

         Dang.  Hadn't thought of that.

        Assuming that the Lunarian citizens are not Permanent Residents of some other nation,  They would have to get one of the many Visas available to workers and other travelers to foreign lands that we have available today.  Of course, all of these expire eventually, so what's a Loonie to do?  They can't go home, and they can't stay.

         Unfortunately, we have refugee camps too.

         Given the post-total-global-war climate that The Black Desert is set in, there will inevitably be scads of refugee camps all around Terra.  These will be the homes of the poor, homeless, possibly diseased and maimed, and other sentient detritus that comes under the name of "collateral damage" among those responsible for creating the dispossessed.  Of course, when you can download people to AI, or even just save them on a hard drive, will the refugee camp as we know it even exist?  Will be replaced with simple data storage, or even a Virtual World?  

           I mentioned yesterday, it's a bad idea to even think about Transitioning people (as in, into Transhumans) that are enemies, criminals or other types likely to be unpredictable.  That being said, there is always the avenue of Labor Camps for such cases.  Despite having a justifiably atrocious reputation for being a cheap way to maintain a war machine while exterminating people, Labor Camps can occasionally be run without coming to the attention of Amnesty International. 

Your new home.
          If all else fails, one can always retreat to the frozen tundra of Europe and the Southern Territories to find a place they are allowed to live while trying to build up enough of a stake to live on Luna.  Opal mining and farming may make one some decent cash in Australia, bio-diversity in Antarctica, and relics of the past from Europe can all be used to finance residency on Luna.  The only way I see one can permanently guarantee residency on the Moon would be to finance additions to the settlements life-support network.  In enough of an investment was in Lunarian infrastructure prior to attempting to live there, Lunarian citizens would not have to worry about whether or not they can come home.

Your new look.
         Incidentally, the process of making enough of a stake to permanently live on Luna is a great justification for the kinds of Player Character problems that you see in Role-Playing Games.


  1. Looks like the Loony diplomatic corps will be busy, busy, little bees. So, what sort of diplomatic courtesies are extended to a telepresence bot being run by an ambassador, consul or other diplomatic personnel?

    BTW, if this is how the citizenship works, then "Contract Consul" (hat tip to Rule 34) is a likely gig for sketchy folks trying to appear legit.

  2. Individuals using Anthroids via telepresence are by custom given the same treatment that they would in corpus. It's similar to the way that translators are ignored and all conversation is carried out as if the translator wasn't there.

  3. Let me try again.
    If Loonie citizenship doesn't guarantee residency, and mainly some tax dodges. However, if the loonie gets in trouble, will they send a diplo to help get them out of the pokey? Or does it violate the terms of the citizenship agreement?

    Also, labor camps take on a very different view with the idea of telepresence and the like.

  4. When J. Michael Straczynski created his tv series Babylon 5, he postulated a population of homeless people (called Lurkers).
    They used their last dollar purchasing a ticket for Babylon 5, hoping to find work. When that didn't pan out, they could not afford interstellar fares to go back home. And the government of B5 can't afford to ship them home. So the lurkers lurk.

    In Heinlein's THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS and Jerry Pournell's BIRTH OF FIRE, dome colonies have an "air tax." Basically you pay a monthly fee for the air you breath. In Pournelle's novel, you had a sort of ticket gizmo that you displayed to prove you had paid your tax. If you had not, the authorities would chuck you out the airlock.

  5. Hmmm...I would expect ticket theft would be a big biz...


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