Model lease for a hypothetical space community, drawn up by a leading scholar of private voluntary communities: http://voluntaryist.com/backissues/081.pdf
This is quite a find! I am designing an orbiting industrial village for my masters thesis, and for a while I was lost in trying to come up with a governance model for it. I eventually abandoned the task. I know almost to nothing about this subject, but I understand it is impossible to determine a model without meaningful discussions with defenders of a number of points of view, and I couldn't find many people interested in discussing this. I focused instead in the architecture and urban planning of the village, which is something I am much more comfortable with.
The subject of colony governance is very complicated, there are so many factors to consider. Who owns the colony? Is it in fact a colony, as in belonging to a sovereign nation? Are the people citizens? What rights do they have? What is the political and economic model? And most importantly: who gets to decide all of this?
I am glad you posted this, I hope this can become a healthy and meaningful discussion!
Nice to meet you. These are fascinating questions. I'm always up for discussing ideas about governance. Governance doesn't get as much attention as the technological, biological, etc. aspects of outer space, but it's crucial to get the sociopolitical institutions right or no amount of scientific/mechanical sophistication will make a project successful.
Good luck with your thesis, and please let me know if I can provide any additional information!
Great find indeed! Interesting that the model lease you shared implies the existence of a zoning code in an otherwise largely libertarian proposal.
I'm curious if you have read Heinlein's
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or Andy Weir's
Artemis. They present somewhat different governance models for lunar habitats that were almost as interesting to me as the stories themselves.
I haven't read either, but Heinlein is on my short list. I've read other works by him, but not yet Moon. Thanks for recommending Artemis, I'll check it out as well.