There exists a fictional future world where we have determined space travel is impractical for the majority of the species, despite the fact that technology is more advanced than today. There are no antigravity or FTL drives. Besides a few people who will never come back, we are stuck on Earth. Nevertheless, population continues to grow.
This makes the Yellowstone volcano increasingly terrifying.
A massive government project is already in place to study how to defuse the super-volcano and will take action immediately when the job becomes feasible due to technological advancement. They have a budget equivalent to $5 trillion dollars today (or a quarter of North America's GDP for a single year). All technology required has to seem like it will be possible someday to the modern scientifically minded reader.
- How would they try to do it?
- How could they mess it up?
- What happens when they do?