During the current season of the Expanse, Earth (the UN) debates attacking space stations in the Belt with populations around 10,000 in retaliation for an attack that kills millions on earth. Given the vast difference in population and a desire to not kill innocent Belters, why doesn’t the UN solve the problem of refugees on Earth by, um, colonizing the Belt? A garrison of ten thousand, or twenty thousand earthers on every station would take all of the ports away from the Free Navy.
Sure, Earth didn’t know that the season of TV would end as it did, but even so - park a few cruisers at the gate to where Marco went and treat them as “gone”, with orders to fire if anyone comes through the gate from the other side.
The attack on earth was meant to get Earth to focus inward, but with billions more people than the Belt, I don’t get why the UN doesn’t just declare that “the experiment of Belt self-government is over” and flood the Belt with earthers.
Marco Inaros wanted to set it off like the American revolution. Why shouldn’t Earth should treat him like the Belt is Roanoke Colony - a first attempt that goes away, unremembered, unsuccessful, on land thoroughly overrun by a later migration to the new world.
I guess this is a question about tactics - I get why “shoot back” is a bad idea, but Secretary Avalsara hasn’t yet proposed any solutions that would be definitive.