A fine line exists between researching enough to mentally see a scene for writing and getting too caught up in the backstory. The generalities and decisions I made for my world probably fall along the lines of the latter.
High level steps in standard commercial colonization
- Locate planet in goldilocks zone
Entities footing the bill will not want to invest the time and resources required for transforming a planet that is far from what can support human life.
People colonizing will not want to be changed physically to survive on a planet.
- Final testing of terraforming with disposable populace
- Establish military presence
- Populate with colonists
- Indentured servitude
- False promises
Religious, idealogical, or scientific communities could pursue colonization outside of the goldilocks zone. These organizations could consider larger terraforming projects or biological modification of humans.