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“That is something that the Earth Space Governance Body did not authorize.”

The latest developments had been long discussed in the super-national organisation, and had also fuelled animated debates among the general public. When the new administration of the Mars Colony announced the space exploration programme, many world leaders warned that they discouraged such ventures. In their view, the Mars Colony was required to serve the interests of Earth, specifically to provide reliable imports of minerals. Embarking on space explorations fell outside of the mandate of the special extra-terrestrial jurisdiction.

“I am well aware of this, Ms Borisenkova,” countered the Director. “You know that the matter is still under consideration by the special arbitration committee and hundreds of conflicting legal opinions have been already produced.

As far as we are concerned with this review of the Mars Colony administration, however, I can reassure you that such investment is financially advantageous because of the long-term returns that we expect from the unique space pad that we offer to mankind.”


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