I'm thinking of writing a story and thought of an objective that one of the characters I'm writing for would be working towards.
He comes from an ethnic minority that has been thoroughly damaged by poverty, disease, high suicide rates, and assimilation policies, with disease being fairly dramatic 250 years ago (think smallpox) and assimilation policies stopping around 125 years ago.
Because of the way that the protagonist's ethnicity was treated, he decided that he wants to go into space and set up a colony, especially considering the remaining/resurging discrimination in the world he's living in.
This story takes 100 years in the future, and our civilization was able to create a colony on Venus, using meteors to increase planetary mass.
The protagonist wants to make a new colony, with at least 4000 people, to create a colony that would preserve a lot of the cultures that are being destroyed by pollution, and/or make a large academy dedicated to scientific research.
So, this person has an objective with the following conditions:
- The colony would be an artificial recreation of earth, without the massive amount of pollution that currently is damaging the planet.
- The protagonist of this question wants to "recuperate" some of the massive population losses among his demographic thanks to carelessness. Therefore, they would want to mainly focus on using that demographic in 80% of the population.
- The protagonist is obviously in favor of running people with advanced education, so they would have around 10% of the population be reserved for outside-demographic scientists and technicians.
- The protagonist would need to bring genetic information so that Terra Nova can function properly. They would probably want one specific continent to be terraformed into a specific manner so that they can start earning money as a tourist destination.
Obviously, I can figure out that the money returned from this endeavor would likely be from the following:
- Scientific research. Being able to experiment on clean specimens would be a major advancement past what we could do on earth, and can bring in new medical or agricultural technologies.
- Tourism. The regulations for tourism should be incredibly strict to prevent pollution. Also, the world created out of this can be good for inspiring new intellectual property.
But obviously this comes with a few problems. Namely, it would have to be relatively secret so that mainstream media doesn't catch on to what the protagonist is doing until it appears that "oh, there's this neat little sign-up sheet for people who want to go to a future 400-person colony" so that they're duped into thinking that the colony would be a tenth of the size it is.
But, considering the problems this minority is going through, the colony could be an incredibly difficult endeavor. The demographic is going through the following problems:
- higher rates of unemployment
- rates of incarceration
- substance abuse
- health problems
- lower levels of education
- higher levels of poverty
Considering the demographic's population of at least 1,400,000 people, how difficult would it be to make a space colony that contains at least 3,200 ready, willing, and able volunteers from this set?
How much would getting a colony of 4,000 people onto a target planet cost? Finally, what would it take to ensure that not only that colony would last long enough to avoid the ire of businessmen that want the planet for its mineral resources and stockpiles of energy?
Of course, one option is secrecy, but then people are going to ask "where did the money go?"