We Came In Peace For All Mankind
Luna is the only country to be located on Earth's moon. Located approximately 200km south of the original Apollo 15 landing site, the true size of Luna is highly contested. Lunan officials have laid claim to the entire surface of the moon, but other countries claim that Luna only has the right to inhabit the immediate surroudings of the Internation Lunar Settlement, an area approximately 20km in diameter.
Luna is inhabited by the astronauts and cosmonauts of the now destroyed International Space Station (ISS) and the International Lunar Settlement (ILS), as well as citizens who have immigrated since. The founders of Luna decided that the countries they originated from were slowly removing citizen freedoms one by one, and chose to secede from their respective countries altogether, and form a new one where citizens would be truly free, while still being cared for.
Luna remained a rebel state for over 20 years, and although war was never declared, the United States once attempted to destroy the ILS, fearing an attack from the seceding state. Luna is now an officially recognized country, however relations with the United States, the Russia Federation and the Democratic Republic of China are still tense.
The origin of the name Luna is unclear. Before seceding, Luna was the nickname given to the International Lunar Settlement by its inhabitants, so this is the most likely reson for the choice. Officially, the name Luna is derived from Mankind's very first venture into space. In 1959, the Russian Luna Programme was launched, a small probe-like satellite, named after the Russian word for "Moon". Luna is also the name of the ancient Roman divine personification of the Moon itself, which was considered a goddess among the stars. In the early years of the ILS, due to the controversial and incredibly difficult task set before them, colonists were often referred to as "Luna-tics", a name they immediately adopted, some even applying to their space suits.
Luna is located approximately 200km south of the original Apollo 15 landing site, a landing vehicle sent by the United States in 1971 to explore the lunar surface. Only a very small portion of the Moon is actually occupied, as resources are limited and lunar construction is notoriously difficult, as well as costly. However, after over 100 years of construction and upgrades to the original ILS, the inhabitants of Luna actively utilise an area around 400 square kilometers, with a population of around 25,000, Luna has a population density of 62 citizens per square kilometer.
Living areas are centralized towards the center of the massive compound, while potentially dangerous elements, including rocket and shuttle launch pads, are kept at the perimiter. Lunar vehicles do exist, however, they are rarely used, as the entire compound is connected via a system of complex tunnels.
International Lunar Settlement Celebrates 100 YearsEdit
In January 2175, the ILS celebrated its 100th year on the lunar surface. Originially built as a cooperative effort between the nations of Canada, the United States, the Russion Federation and the People's Republic of China, the ILS had seen many changes occur in politics among these superpowers. While relations grew tense on earth, due to dwindling resources and competition in lucrative fields like asteroid mining, the ILS prospered, discovering evidence of the moon's formation billions of years ago and even refining the much sought after Helium-3. The settlement itself housed 25,000 people at the time, and had a complex system of mega strucutres, some of which were manufactured on the surface of the moon. Neil Jackson, an American born scientist and astronaut, had overseen construction for decades, even ensuring that plant life had begun to flourish, both inside the International Space Station and the International Lunar Settlement.
ILS and ISS Declare Themselves and Independent StateEdit
In August of 2178, the astronauts, cosmonauts, scientists. military personnel and civilians inhabiting bot the ISS and ILS unanimously declared themselves separate from their mother countries. This came as a shock to the world, and governments threated war on each other, as both stations were controlled by these governments cooperatively. Despite this, Lunan officials, communicating via the satellite arrays on the International Space Station, relayed their intentions. They were not hostile to any government, and neither were they allied with any government. Loss of personal freedoms and the true democratic process while aggressively pursuing capitalistic gains were mentioned as the cause for this declaration.
Attack by United StatesEdit
On February 12, 2180 the United States launched a ballistic missile with the intention of striking Luna, which was not yet an officially recognized country, declared a rebel faction by the United States, Russia and China. Seeing that a direct missile strike on the ILS was imminent, John Armstrong, captain aboad the ISS, ordered all personel to evacuate to a safe distance. Armstrong then piloted the ISS directly into the path of the oncoming missile, completely destroying the space station, but saving over 25,000 lives and more than 100 years of work on the lunar surface. Those who escaped the destruction of the ISS returned to Luna.
Luna Officially RecognizedEdit
20 years after the brutal surprise attack, following massive outcry, government coups and re-elections, the various countries on Earth recognized Luna as an independent nation. Public support was immense, as John Armstrong was seen as a hero, selflessly protecting thousands of innocent lives from the violent force the United States had become. Luna became a symbol of true freedom and democracy to some, and a call for rebellion to others. On July 21st, 2200 Luna became a nation, and travel between the ILS and other countries is declared legal. Lunan officials soon announced that they would be accepting applications for immigration.
Government and LawEdit
Lunan government is a representative democracy. The main system of government in place in Luna is board of 24 democratically elected officials, who collaborate ot create, alter and decide on laws to govern the country with. There is currently only one section of government, meaning that judicial, legislative and executive functions are all contained within one system. This board is elected through purely democratic means, every man or woman over the age of 16 who has been a citizen of Luna for at least 1 year can vote for the officials that he or she wishes to, based on political or social ideologies. Officials at lower levels who do not influence the creation of law are appointed, based on their ability to do the task they are set with, as high amounts of skill are often required on the ILS. These appointments may be challenged, and if so, are put to a vote.
The Lunan government is responsible for protecting its citizens from all possible threats, providing healthcare and all basic requirements needed for a comfortable life. Due to the highly Libertarian nature of Luna, the government rarely intervenes in matters of personal freedoms, unless a citizen or group of citizens is infringing on the rights of others. The government is also responsible to educating citizens, in part due to the very dangerous nature of a settlement on the moon, and in part due to the highly educated nature of it's citizens, who are predominately scientists and mathematicians.
Members of the board can remain in power indefinitely if they so chose. If a board member steps down or is killed, an election is called and the position is filled by whomever receives the most votes. A vote can be forced as well, if enough citizens feel that a board member is inadequate, or that the entire board should be replaced.
Bills can proposed by any one of the 24 board members currently in power, or an ordinary citizen by petitioning. The entire board will then vote on the bill and decide whether or not it shoud be passed into law, or if it should be reformed. If a proposed law is controversial, meaning citizens both for and against it speak out, it will be put to a general vote.
Punishments are rare on Luna, as the small population size and small land area mean that crime is almost impossible. If a citizen is accused of a criminal offense that warrants more than a simpe fine, they must attend court to face a jury of randomly selected impartial individuals. This court system is almost identical to the courts systems found in the United States or Canada, and is based on hearing evidence, witness testimonies, and arguments from both sides. A jury will then decide whether the accused is guilty or not, and a judge determines a punishment within the law.
Example Offences and PunishmentsEdit
Grand Theft: The commission of theft of an item or items with value over $5000. If found guilty, all money and/or goods must be repaid in full to the victim, as well as a fine of up to $20000 to the government. The perpetrator may also receive up to 5 years in prison, depending on the severity of the crime.
Assault and Battery: To violently attack an individual with the intent to cause major harm. If found guilty, and there is no evidence to suggest that the attack was warranted or in self defense, the perpetrator may face up to 7 years in prison.
Manslaughter: Actions taken by the accused lead to the avoidable death of another. If found guilty, the perpetrator can recieve up to 12 consecutive years in prison, depending on the situation and the severity.
Murder: Intentionally causing the death of another. If found guilty, and enough evidence is shown to make it clear that the killing was not done in self defense, the perpetrator can recieve anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
Foundational Values and PrinciplesEdit
- The rights of indivuals: In order to have true liberty and freedom, the rights of all citizens must be respected.
- Freedom of choice: In order to have a content, intelligent population, citizens must be free to make their own choices, even if they may be harmful to themselves.
- Privacy is essential: The government must not pry into personal lives, however, a citizen has every right to know about their government.
- Individuality: In terms of appearance, beliefs, and sexuality.
Social Democratic ValuesEdit
- Health of the population: A government is nothing without a population to govern, and therefor must keep that population healthy.
- Education: Citizens must be intelligent and knowledgable to make informed decisions, so unbiased, scientific education is required.
- Economic Stability: A government cannot care of it's citizens needs without a stable economy to base itself on.
- Safety: A government must protect the lives of citizens, sometimes even from each other.
Bill 002: "Bye Bye Big Brother" - The second bill signed into law whose vote was practically unanimous, Bill 002 states that any surveillance, whether audio, visual or any other kind, performed by the government on citizens in private without consent is impossible. This law does not apply to security cameras in high traffic areas that are used by the police for protection purposes. The law was enacted in order to display a crucial difference between Luna and countries like the United States, who have had laws that allowed their government to spy on it's citizens at home for hundreds of years.
The law states that any data retreived from a citizens private life using illegal recording devices is inadmissable in a court of law, the citizen who's rights were infringed upon is to be compensated, and the government official respsonsible for the placement of a such a device will be removed from office permanently.
Bill 024: "I Am Who I Am" - This law states that all citizens, regardless of race, sex, or age, have the right and are even encouraged to be individuals. Indivudality is very important in a Libertarian nation, especially in such a small one, otherwise the small ILS would begin to feel like a prison or a military establishment. This law states that clothing, body modifications, sexual orientation, ideologies are all to be decided by individual citizens. These preferences are not to be pushed on others and are not to be discriminated against.
This law is not necessarily enforced, as it is a fundamental part of Lunan culture. However, citizens are not punished for criticizing belief systems or ideologies, as ideas are meant to be challenged, and are constantly evolving, especially in scientific culture.
Bill 017: "Bull in a China Shop" - Bill 017 was the first non Libertarian law to be strictly enforced, and was slightly controversial at first. This bill stems from the discipline required to inhabit any pressurized structure in an area without atmosphere. The contents of the bill are simple, any weapon that fires a projectile at a high rate of speed (Firearms) are forbidden in areas where the integrity of the ILS's stucture could be compromised. Although Lunans disliked the law at first, they saw it's importance, as an accidental breach could cost thousands of lives.
All firearms found on a citizen that are not properly secured when in the immediate area of an outer wall are immediately confiscated by government or police officials.
Bill 001: "MoonCare" -
Bill 008: "Education For All" -
Bill 042 "Don't Rock The Boat" -
The official flag of Luna depicts a white moon, with wings flanking it on either side, and an electron oribit symbol superimposed on the moon, all ona blue backdrop. The moon itself, being the location of Luna, is the centerpiece of the flag. The wings flanking it on either side represent complete freedom and liberty, as well as separation, as Luna is literally above all the political problems faced on Earth. The symbol superimposed on the white moon is an electron orbit structure, depicting the importance of science and the scientific process to the Lunans, who are mostly scientists or mathematicians. The blue that the flag is made up of is the same colour as Earth's oceans from space, and not only represents freedom and patriotism, but also respect for Earth heritage.
Issues of SustainabilityEdit