Monday, August 8, 2016

Colonies, Settlements, And Bases

We tend to use certain words when describing humans on other worlds, and we should be aware of the distinctions among them.

A base may be intended as a long-term project, but it is manned by crews for specific amounts of time.

A settlement is a community where people make their lives, raise families, run businesses, etc.

A colony is a settlement, but the word suggests a subordinate political relationship to another, older entity, such as a nation.

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