It is the near future (say 2060ish). Some entity (corporation, government, private venture, etc.) has elected to build the first permanent (as in intended to become self-sufficient) space colony.
You (student of history, sociology, and political science) have been asked for your suggestions as to how it should be organized.
What form incorporation and of government the colony should adopt?
Constraints and Assumptions
- The colony will be composed of civilians with some former military.
- The military people may or may not be still in service (depending upon whether it is government sponsored or not).
- At least some of the colonists are also investors.
- At least some of the colonists are hired experts.
- Investors realize this is a long-term pay-off. They're satisfied with the colony working as a net loss in order to position this first colony as the defacto monopoly on space-based services and resources for future colonies.
The investors want a government that ensures the following:
- Colonist "buy in" on decisions.
- Ensure critical colony functions are always performed.
- Encourage colonist creativity in finding new ways of becoming self-sufficient.
- Encourage colonist creativity in finding new ways of developing export trade ideas.
- Investors want to use this colony to develop more investment in other colonies and encourage other people to become colonists.