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Exile? Exile to where? Mars is pretty empty. T.Neo 08:16, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

One could be exiled to another settlement or back to Earth. This would most likely happen when one's "crime" is against a settlement's ideology, but would not be considered a crime in a settlement of different beliefs. I suppose that a form of capitol punnishment could be "exile" to the surface, but I think most people would not support such a punnishment. --Laertes 12:43, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Exile to Earth seems like a pretty good idea. How would the criminal be prevented from doing anything destructive on the trip back? And how would the ideologies of differant settlements differ? T.Neo 23:09, 2 November 2008 (UTC)

Differing ideologies would likely develop over time, especially if settlements are somewhat isolated from others. People tend to gravitate toward those with whome they share values. Eventually, unique martian cultures will develop. Even if all martians share a homogonized culture (which doesn't seem likely given human history/nature), there will be many sub-cultures, each with their own practices, values, and beliefs.
Exile would likely be a voluntary punishment taken to avoid imprisonment or other severe measure. In the United States, if one does not like the laws in one state they can move to another, a sort of voluntary exile (though exile is a rather strong term for it).--Laertes 01:04, 3 November 2008 (UTC)

True. One could to look at internet communities to see how a "culture" can develop rapidly. T.Neo 08:57, 3 November 2008 (UTC)