||So...I Kinda Rule Mars NowIt started out as a joke in my History class this morning. We were looking at a map of early America, who claimed which territory and that. My proffessor had this pretty shaded map in his powerpoint and everything. It had trading bases, soldier camps, all that. And there was this huge void in the west. Not where California is, mind, because they could get to that via the coast. No, more like Colorado and Utah. The French had it (without any posts, bases, or soldiers) then the Spanish had it in the same sense. It went back and forth between the two until America took charge and people actually started to live there. So I go up to my prof after class, and we're looking at the map.|
"So, it was theirs just because they said it was?"
"You know what? I own Mars. And what's more, I defy you or anybody else to say I don't."
"Do you have a flag?" It's a joke he ripped from watching an Eddie Izzard dvd. Hernandez shows up to Central America and claims it for Spain. A native walks up and says 'Um...yeah, this is kinda our land. We've lived here for centuries and stuff, so...quit claiming it.' 'Do you have a flag?' Hernandez asks. 'Hang on.' Native turns to his budies. 'Hey, guys, do we have a flag?' Turns back. 'Nope, no flag.' 'I claim this land in the name of Spain.'
And that was the end of it. Until I got to work and really started thinking about it. I started out picking pop music anthems and saying that leaders would be picked gthrough pitched combat with crappy Star Trek fight music on in the background. Then I started thinking about Hillary and Obama going through that, and I laughed my ass off. But it evolved a bit after that into a full blown thought experiment. Think about it. If you had a whole planetary government to set up, what would you do?
Science Fact: It is possible to pass a law against cancer, but not terribly practical.