So the other day I was thinking, I wasn’t high I swear, about what the human race will be like in the future and how we will have progressed. Perhaps it was because I’d not long seen the new Star Trek and the “space, the final frontier” monologue was floating round my brain, or perhaps because I am the visionary this generation needs (but not the one it deserves). But I began to realise that one day in the future, there will be a new nation, a country of sorts, which exists only in space. Again I reiterate that I wasn’t high.
Face it, while the international space programme has slowed somewhat since the sixties and seventies, it’s undergoing somewhat of a rebirth what with all the sexy new images coming from crazy telescopes they’ve fired into the hungry void of space. Then we had Commander Chris Hadfield recording the first music video from the Space Station – David Bowie’s Space Oddity, fittingly – and tweeting the living shit out of everything he saw and did for the duration of his stay upstairs.
There’s a manned mission to Mars planned, though part of me secretly wants it to fail horrifically and become gold dust script material for a film, again – not the visionary you deserve – but after we get to colonise Mars and mine all the gooey caramel from beneath the surface (that is why we’re going right?) then our eyes will turn to further floating orbs of ice and rock. Sadly, we will be curtailed by the rather cruddy nature of our spacefaring vehicles. Because let’s admit that any rockets we have are essentially an Ewok swinging on a vine versus the Millennium Falcon here.
Thus, there will arise a new generation of spacecraft that will enable us to get further and further the fuck away from Justin Bieber (a great motivation for space travel if ever there was one). A byproduct of this innovation will be that short range space travel, the range of the space station say, will become commercially available to the, admittedly filthy rich, general public.
And what is in space? Why freedom of course! The law of man ceases to exist a mere few miles above our rocky globe and space is protected by international treaties that state that space, or any section thereof, cannot be subject to the laws of any one country. So imagine just one step further and we have a group of individuals who create or buy spacecraft able to join together to fabricate a space station. Inside the space station they can make their own laws and nobody can say otherwise because it is neutral space. See where I’m going here?
Where better to buy and grow your weed than on a massive floating space station which is outside of the reach of international law? Again, I am like 72% sure I wasn’t high when I thought of this.