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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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Interstellar commerce: why would planets be valuable?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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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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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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Terraforming Mars, Hellas Planitia with comets at Mars L1

Using comets at Mars L1 point, allowing the tail to constantly add to the atmosphere in both volatiles and increased temperature from the infalling matter, as well as blocking the solar wind which ...
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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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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 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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If vikings had settled in Newfoundland, how fast would technology travel?

In a scenario I am building, the vikings settlements in Newfoundland flourish, but only for a bit under a century. After that, the colony in Greenland disappears and the colonies are isolated from the ...
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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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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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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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Could aliens colonize Earth without realizing humans are people too?

So aliens find Earth to be suitable for colonization and disregard humanity's claim. Not because they are racist, but because they are so different biologically and psychologically that humans simply ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Best Northern Australia location for a colony in 1700

So I'm doing a story where the time traveling MC decides to make a go for Australia in 1700 before any other powers start giving it some attention. What I'm debating on is where is the best location ...
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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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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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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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What is a realistic growth rate for a space colony?

I am starting a theorycrafting thread in a video game forum. It deals with the creation of a Hegemony created by the descendants of a colony ship that was cut off from returning to Earth (wormhole ...
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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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How can lower gravity affect evolution? [closed]

I am thinking of evolution of human beings as a species. If we were to stablish a colony on, for example, Mars, how would the lower gravity affect future generations of humans living there? Is there ...
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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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How to colonize this planet?

About 39 light years away is a lush, biodiverse planet, called Leena. It is the fourth planet from a yellow star. The planet is a prime target for human colonization, as probe bots have discovered ...
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Colonizing the galaxy by slow boating reality check

Humans like to explore and seem to have an almost instinctual need to expand. After spreading throughout the solar system and even into the Oort Cloud they decided that humanity should follow the ...
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Would a civilization that is trying to colonize a landless world be able to do so?

Would a civilization that is trying to permanently colonize a landless world with no atmosphere (think Europa's sea) be able to do so? Permanence matters - it means you can't simply build domes that ...
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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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Given our current knowledge of exoplanets, approximately how many planets have earth-like gravity in a galaxy the size of the Milky Way?

Our knowledge of exoplanets is changing all the time, but based on observations so far, is it possible to estimate the number of planets in a galaxy the size of our own that would have an Earth-Like ...
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Planetary Colonisation; how to retain ethno-racial appearances over millennia?

I was reading this question last night about people of colour in fantasy stories. I've read so many fantasy stories where any mention of colour is associated with the negative/animalistic/barbaric ...
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How big a population can the solar system support considering only power and living space?

The average power utilization per person is 1 Megawatt. The average living space is 1000 cubic meters per person. The average total mass in use by a person is 1000 tons. Assumptions Solar power ...
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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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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 ...