I’ve read some books with a premise of leaving an increasingly centralized and decadent Earth for the stars before it heads a turn for the extra worse
Part of their premise is Earth Governments declaring the colonies illegal and/or theirs
One of those books had the USA declaring a moon colony theirs, in spite of never founding it themselves, and calling the population “Expats/Traitors”
Implying that the population was only Americans, when it was made up of just guys from almost all the continents in the World. From 1st to 3rd.
Thing is, I am still not sure how that would be legally possible
If people were to illegally leave their country and live far away from most civilizations/nations, would they still be considered citizens let alone have to pay taxes even if they neither buy nor sell or even make use of government services/infrastructure
How would you make a legal argument to actually claim ownership of a place like that? Especially when it never had government input or approval or knowing to begin with