A huge trading craft with a mixed crew of 100 has lost its main motor and communication systems in a collision and is on a heading to nowhere. They are adrift in an infinite ocean with no-one to help.
Luckily all the life systems are intact and effectively will last forever. There is no way to build a new main motor or fix the communications.
They have 6 months supply of healthy food. Apart from that, they have only their cargo which consists of an enormous quantity of chocolate.
Assuming that there is sufficient chocolate (and recyclable water) to last everyone indefinitely, how long will the crew be able to survive? Is it possible to live on chocolate alone?
Is it better to ration the healthy food and mix it with chocolate, or eat the healthy food in one go? What other strategies are there, e.g. cannibalism.
The aim of the crew is to stay alive as long as possible in the faint hope that someone will spot them and rescue them. They want to know their best food strategy and how long they can expect to live if they implement that strategy.