I am building a science fiction world with technology comparable to the Halo Universe (AKA Warp Drives are a thing). The story is set in a section of the galaxy with various nations controlling multiple planets.
I am trying to think of ways of how these governments and people would be able to communicate with each other on planets in different systems. In this world, people in the same system have reasonably fast communication speeds, and if there is a situation where two planets are as close as say Earth and Mars, then they have a shared internet.
My issue is thinking of ways of effective communication between different systems without having to wait for months on end for data to stream over. I am thinking of a few solutions
- Data Runners- Any communication between planets will have to be data sent up to a satellite, uploaded onto a data runner ship, then be sent to the next planet. In a sense, it would be like sending letters once again. No instant messaging, but reasonably effective.
- A String of satellites of facilities between systems- This would be wildly expensive, and data might not even move faster, but maybe wealthier nations could do this.
- Simply make data just go faster- Idk, feels like a cop out. A lot of the tech in my world is reeled in by hard-ish science.
My question is, what are ways to make communication between different systems be realistic and effective, so that there could be governments owning multiple planets at relative ease