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Questions tagged [colonies]

For questions about a settlement under the full or partial political control of a different capital and populated by settlers from that capital.

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What plant life and resources could humans consume if colonies were established on the ocean floor?

I'm interested in creating some construct of a society in the Twilight and Midnight zones of the ocean. By what means could they mine, farm, and trade in what is suppose to be a more futuristic ...
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In a world where money and currency were never invented, and never will, how is international trade different from our world?

This is something that I've been thinking a lot about. Before there was currency the way that people traded goods was through bartering their goods and services in exchange for other goods and ...
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Could a city be built out of Balloons?

I would like to use this scenario in writing a book. Using only countless balloons that permanently hold helium possibly hydrogen made from water could a city be built in the sky? Workers from the ...
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Do you think every one in planetary colony would be in mechs [closed]

Do think that in a planetary colony every one would be in mechs. when there not in side the base or do you think that they just be in suits to protect them from the atmosphere.
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Is it better to build a colony on the moon or mars [closed]

What planet would be most efficient place to build a colony on? There is a lot of debate whether would be better on the Moon or on Mars. The main problem is time. with the available funds you ...
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How to colonize icy planets with subsurface liquid water (Titan, Callisto, Ganymede, Europa,Ceres, Enceladus)? [closed]

How to colonize icy planets with subsurface liquid water (Titan, Callisto, Ganymede, Europa, Ceres, Enceladus)? TLDR: How would humanity colonize icy moons of Gas Giants? It's the future. Mars has ...
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Which factors determine how far a government can expand without losing control?

Throughout history we've seen that governments which expanded far and wide all ended up today controlling just one area on the map. I was playing Civ 6 and realized it can be tough even in a ...
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Earthborn Inferiority

I fear this may be too broad, but I am looking for reasons earthborn humans would be considered inferior to those born on various space colonies. For example, it is important to reference the ...
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How do I successfully create the Imperial Federation?

I know it sounds like something out of a Star Trek film, but the Imperial Federation truly was an existing plan. Proposed in the later half of the 19th century, the plan was to incorporate the British ...
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What would an Alternate North America, where Native Americans and Europeans assimilated in a more civil way, look like? [closed]

I'm working on a concept but I'm having a hard time imagining what it would look like, from a historical accuracy perspective. If Native Americans and different European colonists were able to live ...
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How do I make the colonialism of my world believable? [closed]

A big of an empire is expansion and often that expansion requires colonizing other lands, usually with people already living on it. Famous examples include the New World and Australia, but the fantasy ...
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Would a kingdom allow creation of new settlements?

The setting takes place in medieval age. A group of people want to create a new settlement on a remote and non-populated part of the kingdom. They would start building a town by building houses to ...
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What Asian Nations would have the capacity to colonize the New World? [closed]

In an alternate history I am designing, the Mayans and the Aztec start a lot earlier and become much more powerful, domesticated more animals and thus contracting plagues, These plagues spread across ...
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Do we have a colonial world building game? [closed]

I was playing From Dust by Ubisoft when this idea come into mind. I wonder if there is a game that has been developed? (or perhaps new game can be develop) that has the following features. Objects ...
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Animal like Pando

Pando is a system of clones, each clone is connected and genetically identical to the others and they all share the same roots. Pando is the heaviest and oldest living organism, with a size of 430'...
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Is this 3D Printing/ Molecular Bonding/ Reconstructing realistic?

First question of many here in my pursuit of grinding out my science fiction story. The problem at hand though involves how a multi-generational ship would survive 500 years hurtling through space, ...
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How can waste be disposed of in an isolated system?

I have in mind a world where a small colony of humans are isolated within a cylindrical force field in a desolate land of clay. With no tools their only option is to dig and, upon finding food (...
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Ramification of a Government that values children?

The discussion of the origins of patriarchy, in some of the answers to Preventing post-apocalyptic society from becoming misogynistic, has me wondering if a government couldn't be designed to put a ...
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What would the fastest way for microscopic humanoids to spread across the world?

As part of a series of questions that I've been doing about microscopic humanoids ... In my world, there are a race of microscopic humanoid organisms (0.3 mm - 0.33 mm). They live in a variety of ...
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What is the minimum viable population to avoid genetic decay? [duplicate]

There are a couple of other questions that get CLOSE to this one, but mine is much more basic. The other estimates are for colony size or country size, and these take into account technology, ...
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Oxygen - 100% plant-free!

Context for Question The colonisation of the planet [ INSERT NAME ] was an enormous social experiment performed by the Terran Planetary Science and Terraforming Council; this previously-barren world ...
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What would be the most viable form of government for the first space colonies?

The Setting It is the near future (say 2060ish). Some entity (corporation, government, private venture, etc.) has elected to build the first permanent (as in intended to become self-sufficient) ...
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Architecture of richest person's house on the moon

Background Several hundred years from now, humans have successfully terraformed the Moon. It has become a fad for the rich and powerful to have exotic residences built in exotic locations. The ...
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Where is the safest place to build a colony on the Moon?

I'm working on a universe which implies that humanity settled on the Moon. Knowing that we want to keep contact with the Earth (means we don't want to settle on the hidden face) and we want to avoid ...
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What average percentage of settlers is required to ensure the supply of food?

In a world similar to the earth, a new colony (let's say 1000 settlers) is installed in a wild environment without any other colonies around them (i. e. no commercial routes). The technology ...
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Asteroid Mining as an Economy?

I have a space station (sadly, only in my story) situated out in the asteroid belt that was initially built in order to mine the Asteroids. Due to the long haul nature of the job, crew would be on the ...
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How far underground could a human civilization be before it is unsustainable/inhospitable?

For a civilization like this, firstly, I would like to know what dangers there are, e.g: radiation, cave-ins, temperature. I also want to know about the sustainability of this colony, power I'd ...
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What would a colonial military on another planet near a wormhole look like?

Imagine an off-world colony of maybe 100,000 people, governed at least partially locally, partially on Earth. What would the permanently assigned military for this colony look like? How would physical ...
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Cost of colony on Mars/Moon per metric ton

One possible approach how to estimate extend of space colonization is to define costs of it and then estimate the investments the governments and organizations would be willing to pay. In an excellent ...
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More terraformation or more travel? [closed]

Would it be better to terraform a closer planet with a lower Earth Similarity Index (ESI) or terraform a planet further away with a higher ESI? Two possible planets would be Gliese 832 c and Gliese ...
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Can we breathe the moon's crust?

According to this answer to what the moon is made of, the moon's crust is, among other things, 43% oxygen. Assuming we were to go back to the moon within the next couple of years with the goal of ...
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What is the minimum size of a self-sufficient industrial country?

Imagine there is a country in which there are all important natural resources (oil, gas, metal ores, wood, etc.) in their natural form and which lies in a temperate climate region. There may be some ...
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What is the soonest we could possibly have a self-sufficient base on Mars?

I'm interested in writing a story about inhabitants of a permanent base on Mars, a few decades after all life on earth has (presumably) been wiped out. Preferably, I'd like them to still be there, be ...
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Are infections necessary for human colonisation?

If a human colony is set up on another planet or moon, or in an orbiting habitat, most of the infectious diseases from Earth would not be present in the small initial population. Careful screening ...
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How do I figure out how many people my domed city on a hostile planet can support?

I have a colony of humans on Mars, living in enclosed cities to maintain breathable air. (If they need to leave, they suit up.) Assuming modern-day technology, how do I figure out how many people a ...
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Primary environmental concerns of a new coastal settlement

A group of settlers from a mid-renaissance era have setup an initial settlement along a coastline. Materials for shelter exist and fishing serves as the initial food source. What are the primary ...
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Would a human individual adapt to a change in the day-night cycle?

I'm thinking on the colonizing of another planet by humans. The conditions of this planet are quite different from Earth, and particularly the day-night cycle is much larger. In my fictional planet, ...
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What is the minimum human population necessary for a sustainable colony?

How many humans are needed in order to sustain and grow a steady population in a habitable area? Assume resources are adequate and the environment is favorable. To further refine this question, lets ...