“For services provided on Mars, or in transit to Mars via Starship or other colonization spacecraft, the parties recognize Mars as a free planet and that no Earth-based government has authority or sovereignty over Martian activities,” the section reads.
Earthbound laws will be applicable around Earth and on the Moon, but anything farther than that is considered exempt from them. As such, people who colonize Mars will have to make their own laws. Or, more exactly: “Disputes will be settled through self-governing principles, established in good faith, at the time of Martian settlement.”
Now, the meaning behind Musk’s “Free Mars” has fully been revealed / confirmed. Then again, for those who kept up with the latest developments on Starlink, the network of artificial satellites meant to bring Internet to space, and SpaceX, this can’t come as a huge surprise. A while back, Elon Musk himself said that the Martian colony would have to be Earth-independent in every way, since a hypothetical World War III might be the end of our planet, so settlers would have to learn to make do without any outside help.