And now ... back to our story ...
The next day the overnight messaging system contained a request for a flight plan for the returning shuttle. I got hold of Amy and Ed asking them to come to the control center. When they arrived I passed the message flimsy around and looked at them expectantly.
"I will have to answer this in my new capacity, I suppose", said Amy.
"Expect a dead or alive warrant for my body, when they get it", put in Ed.
"Think about this a little more, please. Amy send out a polite no to the flight plan, maybe. What you say in it is up to you. I expected a rather hotter response than this, so I tbink they are doing all their sums again. We've just all become deserters from the Space Corps. and they want to think about this as a mutiny, I suppose."
"They don't have any idea of the current attitudes up here", Ed said.
"No", I said. "Amy, try not enlighten them too much."
Amy said, "I'll let you both see it before I send it".
"I'll call a general meeting for today at 1500. We have to make some collective decisions on what we are going to do as a group and what we are going to be called. 'Luna Base' doesn't seem to be right any more."
In the assembly room, the meeting came to order at 1505. I took the chair, and tapped on the table for attention. "Welcome to the first meeting of our new town, folks. We have to decide what kind of organization we want, and how we will represent ourselves to the outside system. Any suggestions?"
A momentary silence, then from Bill Sanderson, "What have we heard from Earth?"
"So far, only a request for a flight plan for the return of the shuttle. We don't have one since our pilot, Ed, has no intention of returning to Earth. We are expecting something more imperious. I've made an interim appointment of Amy as our port authority along with Jim and Sandra to be out development committee. Anyone who wants to join this should see Amy after the meeting. Ed has agreed to take on space transportation, and will be looking for some help, so if you feel inclined in that direction, please let him know. Anyone about our set up?"
Suzuki stood up and said, "We can't just be a committee of the whole all the time. As people find out what has happened, I suspect we'll have people wanting to join us here."
"True. If you don't object, why don't you take on the duties of immigration officer?"
Suzuki sat down, looking thoughtful.