Acadian Extraterrestrial Colonies
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|Acadian Extraterrestrial Colonies|
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The Acadian Extraterrestrial Colonies is the name for Acadia's multiple colonies outside of earth, which are all administered as under a single colony. The first colony, a lunar colony, was founded in early 2018 after years of planning within the Acadian Space Organization to rival the currently existing space colonies of the United Provinces, Ed Island, Shops Island, and the United States of Antarctica. The Acadian Space Organization planned to found more colonies in space, and a second colony was eventually founded on Mars in late 2018.
Though the current population in all of the colonies combined are small, there are plans to expand the colonies into larger settlements over the next few years. The Acadian government announced plans for the construction of a major city named New Acadia at its lunar colony in 2019, but the project itself has barely started, as it is expected to cost a large amount of money. So far, there have no been major plans to expand the Acadian colony on Mars, as it is located far away from earth, and thus would be harder to supply and maintain if it were larger.
Ever since the Great Space Race of 2013 between the major Antarctic powers, Acadia had ambitions to build a large space program that would enable them to be equal with the great powers. Despite this, not much changed over the next two years, with politicians more busy with Acadia's colonies on Earth than the possibility of one in space. However, the 2014 elections brought much change to Acadian politics, and by then the Antarctic stage had mostly calmed, allowing for the Acadian government to focus on the prospect of a space program.
With the economy doing well, Parliament passed the Space Travel and Research Improvement Act in 2015, which allocated millions of dollars towards the expansion of the small Acadian Space Organization, which at the time was primarily dedicated with research of space. The funding was the largest increase in funding for the ASO, and the organization began conducting tests on earth for the possibility of a space mission in the future. Acadia launched their first unmanned satellite into space in late 2015, the first step to launching a manned space mission.
Additionally, the new funding, along with the recent Acadian entry to the Western Union, an organization that provided substantial loans and aided in research, allowed the ASO to launch their first two manned spacecraft into space later that year, an event that was highly celebrated in Acadia as a landmark moment. The launching of the two spacecraft, the first manned spacecraft that Acadia ever launched in space, marked a new area for the small country's involvement in space and convinced the Acadian Parliament to pour more funding into the ASO.
In 2016, the ASO began to plan the construction of a space colony on the Moon, which would serve as a research base but would also boost Acadian power and influence in outer space. Planning continued for two years, during which equipment and materials for the colony were being constructed and the first Acadian astronauts to land on the Moon were given training. After two years, the first of many spaceships, carrying around 50 astronauts, launched into space in January 2018, and soon landed on the Moon. Construction on the colony started soon after, and was completed in a few weeks.
About a month later, the population of the space colony reached 157, consisting of only scientists and researchers. Parliament passed the Space Colonies Act in late February, which allocated more funding towards the colony and began making plans for an expansion of the Acadian colony on the Moon. More materials and colonists are expected to arrive later in the year, with rumors being that Acadia is sending some soldiers and military equipment with the next major shipment that arrives, though the Acadians have neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.
The plans of Acadia expanding its lunar colony were officially confirmed in 2019, with the Acadian government unveiling plans to build a city on the Moon that could accommodate at least 200,000 inhabitants. The plan, known as Project New Acadia, or Projet Nouvelle Acadie in French, involves building a city inside a large crater on the Moon. While plans to build the city have been made, little construction has started, as the project is expected to cost billions of dollars and take up a large portion of Acadia's government budget, along with requiring loans from the Western Union.
Unlike the other Acadian colonies, which has their own legislature, allowing them much autonomy from the central government in Metropolitan Acadia, the Acadian Lunar Colony falls under the direct control of the Acadian government in Metropolitan Acadia. The Acadian Lunar Colony has no legislature and no non-voting seats in the Acadian Parliament, as there is no real need for either due to the small population of the colony, with the governor instead having an unofficial group of advisers made up of people in key positions in the colony instead of a legislature.
The colony is therefore under the control of a governor, who is directly appointed by the President of Acadia and approved by the Parliament of Acadia, similar to the other Acadian colonies. The governor must answer to the Acadian President, but otherwise has a significant amount of power in the colony, and makes a lot of important decisions. It is expected that once the colony's population rises to a certain number, its government system will be similar to that of the other Acadian colonies, with an elected legislature, non-voting seats, and other aspects of a colony.
- Lunar Base 1 - The base is the largest Acadian extraterrestrial base, and has the largest population as well, and is therefore considered to be the unofficial capital of the Acadian Extraterrestrial Colonies. It consists of a research facility, storage facility, quarters for the inhabitants of the base, a communications room, and a launching pad for spacecraft to land and take off from the base.
- Lunar Base 2 - The base is located a few miles away from Lunar Base 1, and is much smaller and less populated, with its main purpose to mine the vast amount of minerals that are present in the colony. It consists of a research facility, storage facility, quarters for the miners, and a communications room. There is no launching pad, though one is in construction, and there is also a road connecting Lunar Base 1 with Lunar Base 2.
- Martian Base 1 - The base is the only Acadian base on Mars, and has the smallest population out of all of the bases, smaller than that of Lunar Base 1. It only consists of quarters for the inhabitants of the base, a communications center, and a launching pad for spacecraft.
As one of the reasons for the founding of the lunar colony was to mine the large amount of natural resources on the moon, one of the first Acadian spacecrafts that landed on the moon carried equipment for mining. In the colony's first few months, mining operations first began in the few miles around the colony, but as the colony expanded, so did the scale of the mining operations. Metals such as aluminum, iron, silicon, and titanium have been mined on the moon since a few months after the start of the colony, and have shipped back to Acadia for use in industry or to be sold.
- Although the colony is mainly for scientific purposes, rumor has it that the Acadian government is considering the construction of a military installation. This claim has been denied by the Acadian government, and there is no evidence that Acadia is planning on placing soldiers on the Moon.