Look at Britain, so many of the countries that we conquered round the world eventually gained independence, often with a lot of bloodshed.-zedeyejoe
A perfect point. Which in its own way is the 'core' reason, I believe for the "War in Southeast Asia", a.k.a. Vietnam, being a lost cause before it was begun.
Any nation that had or (if they ever) have ideas of colonization should realize at some point, this 'colony' of loyal fellow countrymen, is going to 'grow-up', and like a child, will seek to decide its own future.
This need for self-rule is so deep in our culture as a species, many of you may recall the Sci-Fi series Babylon 5 (like it or not). Here too we saw that after several years as an "Earth Colony", the citizens of the "Mars Colony" demanded their independence from Earth.
It follows a general pattern: The colony is established, time passes, a new generation or 2 are born into this "new" land. These decendents of former "loyal subjects", no longer see or feel that connection to their home of origin. Its just a far way place told to them by their grandparents in their decling years. For the newer generation, "their" country, i.e., loyalty lies to the land where they were born. Hence, the 'seed' of Rebellion are sown.
IMHO, any nation, during any time past OR future, if they intend to begin a colony, must also be prepared, at some point, to control that colony even to the extent of making it a "Police State", held only by force. And the farther from 'home', the more certain AND stronger this demand for independence is going to become.
The only alternative to this is too acknowledge that evolution of the colony as an independent state, and let them go.
Just my thoughts here.. sorry to get so far into this. That wasnt the plan.