Page 10 of the rules: "Any tiles placed by the card follow the rules for tiles. A tile must be placed if possible, but being unable to do so does not prevent you from playing the card." Sorry, it's mining rights that could be placed without an adjacent tile.
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If you are unable to place the mining area tile adjacent to another of your tiles (eg. You have no tiles on the board) are you unable to play this card?
Thought is adjacency is a requirement in this context so no you cannot.
A card with an asterisk disregards the normal rules so whenever a card has an asterisk, you follow the card text. So if you do not have any tiles on the board you cannot place mining area. I also believe you cannot play the card if there are no steel or titanium placement bonusees left on the map as that is a requirement of the card as well.