Humans will not settle on a Space elevator - the thousands kilometer structure that is a space elevator will be mass-produced for the following:
- harvesting of Metallic Hydrogen and Minerals from Ice and Gass Giants,
- Inertia Banks
- Space Habitats and Inertia banks - where there is a RING habitat near its center, parallel to the spiraling tether
- Jump Capable Bases.
- This vector image was created with Inkscape by Klem, and then manually edited by Mnmazur
- the straight form as it raises material up from the gravity well and
- the Yin-yang form - as it catches and moves material TO or FROM the space elevator or orbit of the gravity well. The yin Yang form is also the form it takes as it harvests material from the surface of Gass or Ice worlds.
As I detail the Tech Levels - the extensive use of Space Elevators - these spiraling batteries of inertia - energy amounting to accumulated giga ton bombs.
The Purpose of the Technology in Scifi is a vehicle for the story. The Space Elevators - is a vehicle for interstellar colonization (and in the beginning, intra-stellar colonization). it sets the stage of how humans are able to move material that would be a years of Economic Activity for humans (example the 4.4 Billion tons of concrete generated in 2021) - imagine that 4.4 Billion tons of material is just the economic activity of one of the Large Federated/Confederated States that make up Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Uranus, Neptune, Ceres, etc... in a quarter or a period.
People will discover that https://www.isec.org/ that space elevators are Cool the way Trains are Cool.
By the time I will be writing short fiction for this Nicco and I would have a lot of the material for everyone to make their own fiction.