posted on Dec, 20 2007 @ 02:57 PM
This concept may, however, be something our great, great grandchildren have to contend with, and I think it's not only possible, but given your
scenario, quite probable.
If Mars were colonized to the extend you allude to, the Martians would likely seek sovereignty sooner or later. The only real defense against this
the powers that be back on earth would have is to maintain a sizable military presence on Mars. But, this military presence would still be on
Mars. The earth-bound administrations best defense is also the Martians best defense, as when you're so far away from authority, it's a bit
easier to "flip".
Now, as to who would win an interplanetary war between Mars and Earth, I don't even think it's a question. Even conceding that in our scenario, the
Martians have evolved their society to the point of self sufficiency, it would be thousands of years before their infrastructure would allow
deployment of an effective war machine. If war broke out, I'm afraid Earth would simply crush the Martian rebellion.
However, there's almost too many variables to even ponder this war scenario. By the time this concept becomes a reality, war may be impossible from
Earth's perspective as well.