The colonization of Mars may go along with advancements in social structures and leadership. While some kind of direct democracy is possible for a small colony, a representative democracy is likely to be the most wanted kind of government in a growing colony with several hundred settlers.
All settlers are involved in the governing process, e.g. can vote for every central decision.
Just like on Earth the government of a martian society can be elected by the colonists.
Representative democracy can work without elections, as well. Modelled on the ancient Athenian democracy the martian people can chose to selection the government members by lottery, which can be regarded as a more democratic principle. Unlike the Athenian democracy the parliament on Mars allows every adult member of the martian community to be selected, including women.
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