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What location options are available for a large-scale underground mining city

In the late 18th century, a strange project was proposed by a Dutch engineer regarding a certain English expedition. The British Empire held a vast amount of territories at this time and had much to ...
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Most hospitable biomes for living off the land

I'm trying to figure out which are the most hospitable biomes for living off the land. Say we have a small spacecraft fallen through a time warp that takes it sideways in time, where it finds itself ...
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Ideal Settlement Location for Time Travelers [closed]

If a group of time travelers dedicated to travel back 10 million years and settle a humanless earth, where might they decide to found this first colony? Assume that these temporal colonists are well ...
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Accidentally detonating Titan?

In my story, humans colonize Titan, the moon of Saturn (for religious reasons). While complete terraforming is out of reach, they decide to try and make the atmosphere (which is already similar to ...
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What are the chances of finding uranium-238 ores on other planets?

I was thinking about aliens and space colonization and what the probability is of uranium ores being found on other planets. Would they be common? rare? medium? who knows? the cosmic abundance of ...
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How might be the protocol to determine if an exoplanet is safe to colonize

Let's make some assumptions: current tech. we're able to send manned missions to this exoplanet thanks to a sci-fi element (a portal for instance); I just want to obviate that we have no way of ...
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Where would the first large Antarctic colony be?

With the world average temperature rising, and polar ice decreasing, it has been speculated that in the 2100s people may start to colonize Antarctica. Where in Antarctica would people likely colonize ...
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Terraforming Antarctica: Is it possible to make it habitable without harming the Earth?

Let me explain what I mean by terraforming. Let's say we want Antarctica to be like Scandinavia or Finland. People from all over the Earth would colonise it and build the "United States of ...
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Garlic as staple food for colonies?

Roleplaying in a survival game, building my own world and now I'm colonizing a new land. For the sake of realism and immersion I want to find the most effective and efficient staple foods out there. I ...
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What are the most important factors that determine the balance of power between kings and nobles and merchants?

I am writing a fantasy world with post-medieval technology. Instead of just standard feudalism, I want mercantilism or capitalism to play at least some role in the power dynamics. I am thinking about ...
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A group of 100,000 modern humans is warped to Earth-like planet with NO EQUIPMENT, how advanced could they be in 100 years? [closed]

Even if they have modern knowledge, how much of that is applicable with no equipment as they would have to build everything from scratch? Like, would they be able to figure out basic metallurgy (even ...
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Why would people migrate to a colony with miserable living conditions? [closed]

So I'm working on a world where 19th century humans discovered a portal to a faraway alien planet, and since it's the 19th century they decide to colonize it. Just few decades after the discovery ...
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What is the minimum mass of the tech stack to build a microcontroller?

One day we will colonize another world, far far away. Importing anything will be vastly expensive and slow. The more self-sufficient you can be, the better. It's implausible that you could bring ...
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How long would it take for a group of settlers to form a new civilization

In my world, sometime before the main events of the story, a group of about 100 explorers set out to cross the uncrossable mountain range that divides the continent and venture into lands unknown. ...
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Earth is invaded by digital Aliens. Can they take over? [closed]

In this world, Alien AIs have invaded earth's internet through a signal stream since the start of the information age with the intent to digitally colonize Earth. How exactly would they gain complete ...
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Preventing racism in space colonies

In light of the recent societal reckoning about and large scale protests against systemic racism, how would a space agency (or other entity) go about selecting individuals to colonize other planets or ...
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How to found a new independent city-state in a medieval setting?

This is for a future D&D campaign I’ll be DMing. I want to know how a rich and charismatic leader might create his own settlement and eventually turn it into a prosperous city-state. The world is ...
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Why would a sleeper ship be designed to only wake one person in case of emergency?

Starliners are huge colony ships. They carry enough equipment, building materials, embryos, colonists and nutrient rich rations to permanently establish a sizeable colony on a far-flung world. ...
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Nipping urban sprawl in the bud

'The culture of good place-making, like the culture of farming, or agriculture, is a body of knowledge and acquired skills. It is not bred in the bone, and if it is not transmitted from one generation ...
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Human labor required to setup automated mining outpost on faraway planet?

Glossing over the technological implications of interstellar travel, what sort of human labor might still be required in a future where we are capable of setting up nigh-fully automated endeavors on ...
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Would sound shifts be severe enough for two dialects to be mutually unintelligible after 400 years of no verbal contact?

A group of English-speaking settlers travel to the Earth-like exoplanet of Rataan, which is 5 light years away. They board the generation ship Genesis that will reach Rataan in 200 years (0.25% of the ...
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Settling Antarctica

For certain reasons, a large coalition of wealthy nations sees it as necessary to colonize a small part of a continent about the size of Antarctica which is centered around the North Pole. With a ...
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An Earth-like planet is found in another solar system. What are the top priorities after landing in order to create a self-sustaining colony?

Set in the not so distant future, we find a habitable planet very much like our own. The only downside is that it's around 500 years of travel with our current technological capabilities. We have to ...
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200 commoners of varying gender/age from 1750 Europe are marooned in a strange land. What does population growth look like?

200 inadvertent settlers fall through a portal, and the portal closes. These 200 people were possibly the population of a small hamlet, transported against their will. They find themselves in a land ...
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How fast would a civilization with FTL spread out?

Let's say that a civilization has access to FTL. Let's say it is instantaneous so travel time between solar systems isn't a factor. How long would it take for them to spread out from their home solar ...
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How much would a language change over 500 years completely cut off from its source?

In the lore for the book I'm working on, what basically happens is a ship full of Byzantines is expelled from their homeland on a ship and winds up on a small continent (think something around the ...
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BCS: Chola Empire colonizes Australia? [closed]

So, here's the premise- in the mid 11th century, a Vellalar prince, looking to gain influence and power in the Imperial Chola court, funds and organizes a small colonial expedition to search for new ...
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The Great Oxidation Event...Artificially Imposed on a Tharn-Like Alternate Earth

From 2.4 to either 2.1 or two billion years ago, Earth underwent a surge in a waste product that we know as "oxygen". Before that, life thrived in an ocean rich with iron under an atmosphere loaded ...
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Sleep Cycles on very fast and very slow rotating worlds Part 2

This is the same as my previous question, Sleep Cycles on very fast and very slow rotating worlds Part 1, but this part is for how humans settling these world would alter their sleep cycles! I would ...
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Human colonies beyond Pluto (on a potential ninth planet)

To be able to colonize another world, there are some requirements; the harvesting of energy, enough recourses, handling of the environment (pressure, temperature and gravity and so on) and ...
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We Have Successfully Established Plants and Insects on Mars. How Long Will It Take Them to Colonize the Entire Planet?

In my last question, I have asked on how, once Mars has been terraformed, Terran species of plants and the insects on which the majority of them rely on would adapt to Mars's longer year. By far, the ...
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What if Genetically Adapted Humans Colonizing the Atmosphere of Venus Ended Up Competing with a Previously Unknown Life?

I've created the outline to a story involving human beings colonizing Venus, or rather the atmosphere at an altitude of approximately 51 km. Through advanced medical techniques, the first colonists ...
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Colonizing Earth

After several centuries in exodus, humanity returns to earth to recolonize the planet. Naturally, their first question is the same as mine: Where are the best place(s) on earth to settle? Parameters:...
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Could you live in underground lava tubes on Venus?

In approximately 50 years, NASA and many other international space agencies collaborate to create a cloud top base on Venus. The astro-geographers on the station (aka the loser's club) want to go to ...
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Efficient way to transport a Stargate [closed]

In the future Earth, scientists have successfully created Stargate. And because of the greedy nature of human being, they wish to colonize as many planets as possible! And they sure can NOT wait ...
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Beer Goggles in the Antarctic

Background A large colony lives in the Antarctic in a network of bases. They have so far evaded the dreadful worldwide plague. When they venture outside their base they don their climate-proof ...
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Conquering the Galaxy with DNA - What is the best vector?

An evil emperor wants to conquer the Galaxy. Before sending humans he wants to send out an advance force that will subdue other life-forms. The Emperor's Adviser comes up with the idea that the ...
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Ships as survival world (post-apocalyptic world)

In a post-apocalyptic world where the surviving people are forced off the land onto the water in ships, how would this work? How long can a large set of people survive on a set of boats without ...
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Underwater Farming

In my colonizing business, some colonists build a underwater base on a all-about nice planet. They are using food storage right now; but now they need to start farming. Ive looked up some farming ...
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Colonies in giant caves

My colonizing business found a small planet with about 0.8G. They would like to build the colony in the giant caves under the crust of the planet, due to the conditions of the surface,(little ...
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A Frozen Metropolis

Scientists have discovered an Earth-like planet in another solar system, with the same gravity, atmosphere composition, etc, and they decide to colonize it. There is only one problem, though. It is ...
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Giant Terraforming [closed]

In my story, a planet colonizing business goes to a very unlikely part of space to have a good planet in the goldilocks zone. When they out of pure luck, scan a planet almost exactly like earth. They ...
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Effect of sunset-like sky colors on human psychology

The scenario is as follows: a habitable planet is being colonized. The conditions are fine, in spite of differences in the parent star. The star is smaller than our sun, either an orange K-star or a ...
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For how long can I hide the discovery of a new continent?

I've got a late middle-age like world, with a situation similar to Europe/America: one continent has a technological advance, and enough sailing skills to discover the other continent. The incentive ...
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Practicality of lighter-than-air aircraft for temporary agricultural irrigation?

I'm building a colony that is an unintended eclectic museum of simultaneous, anachronistic stages of industry: Industrial, Machine Age, and Atomic+ (onward into more esoteric, advanced technologies ...
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Can blind people build a spaceship and land on the Moon?

This question is inspired by Could a species develop the tech necessary to land on their own moon without comprehending light? Consider following scenario: a civilization of alien tricksters abducts ...
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Why colonize Mars before Antartica? [closed]

Antarctica is more suited for human life than Mars. It is also a lot closer and safer to travel to. Why colonize Mars before Antarctica?
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How long would it take to colonize the galaxy with FTL? How long before colonization space is at a premium? [closed]

It's easy to find search results for how long it would take without FTL - but I'm wondering how long it would take with FTL, and there don't seem to be many estimates for that. Some very rough ...
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The optimal professional mix for a space colony

I am the multi trillionaire owner of Handwaveum Inc. who has always been fascinated with travel and living among the stars. I live in your near future where we have developed technology that allows ...
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What if Great Britain never took over the Dutch Cape Colony in 1806?

The Dutch Cape Colony was a strategic location for European powers that traded and conquered Asia. During the Napoleonic Wars Great Britain sought to take over strategic locations, such as the Cape ...
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