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Why wouldn't a human colony that lost its technology mine for metals or use electricity?

I'm trying to come up with a history for a planet that's more-or-less Earth-like that was colonized by a small group of humans ~1000 years ago. Human civilization on this planet has an understanding ...
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Preparing human colonists for a desert planet with a red giant

Assuming humanity found a planet they could travel to and was suitable for colonization, how would scientists re-engineer the human colonists for life on this new world? Planet details: It's ...
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How long might it take a new planetary colony to achieve technological parity with their starting civilization?

So, given the following assumptions and starting criteria: The colony ship comes from a human culture that is about 100 years advanced from the present. The amount of initial colonists are around 5,...
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Had the Eastern empires started colonizing territories which territory would bring to whom [closed]

In my world empires of the east like empires from China, India, and Indochina attempt a colonization of the Americas, Australia etc. Now considering that this colonization started in the 1400s and our ...
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Cardinal direction names at a north polar moon base?

There's a human settlement at the north pole of the moon large enough to sustain expansion outwards for say 100 km in all directions. Humans like to think in terms of four principal cardinal ...
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Earliest possible colony in the Americas?

The first Europeans to land in the Americas were Viking explorers who arrived in the 1000s. Viking colonisation didn't last, and sustained European colonisation began after the late 1400s when ...
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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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I'm stranded on an alien planet. How can I tell what's good to eat?

Survivor, Season 435 (teaser trailer): The holocamera pans over the night sky, revealing an utterly unfamiliar set of constellations. A blur, familiar to viewers, starts to disturb the seeming peace ...
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Colonizing a hot planet [closed]

My understanding of planet dynamics is very weak, but I want to try and colonize a planet too hot to live on the surface most of the year but cools down during the winter to a manageable temperature. ...
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How would Mars' orbit be affected if it had double its mass?

I have one idea for a planet which may turn out to be a massively reengineered and terraformed Mars, which would have double its mass to be more Earth-like, an installed magnetosphere, etc. It would ...
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Could the Romans have colonised the New World?

The question of whether the Romans could have crossed the Atlantic in a storm has already been answered and the answer seems to be: yes but unlikely. Could the Romans have crossed the Atlantic in a ...
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Using liquefaction of gases to make an habitable dome

Liquefaction of gases is physical conversion of a gas into a liquid state (condensation). I found that liquefaction is used to get liquid air and then split it into liquid compounds O2, N2, CO2, etc (...
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What are the priorities to colonize a new piece of land?

Fantasy setting, Lord of the Rings style, homebrewed into a D&D campaign. Magic exists, although strong casters are fairly rare. Our group are strongly built males only, recently saved from ...
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What are the most important raw resources for a human colony?

I'm working on colony development. The word is similar to the earth around 5000–4000 B.C. and humans basically known how to hunt, farm, build houses/structures and share their knowledge between ...
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Would it be possible to colonize a solar system, in which time in terms of entropy is reversed? [closed]

I was thinking of a situation with humans finding a solar system, in which entropy decreases over time instead of increasing over time. In this solar system heat would flow from a cooler planet to ...
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Retrograde rotation of a planet with orbital pattern in the opposite direction [duplicate]

My question may not make a lot of sense the way I've phrased it, but this is what i'm asking: what would the effect of an earth sized planet with the same orbital pattern and speed having a retrograde ...
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Terraforming a low oxygen Earth-like planet

My colonists have been terraforming a planet for centuries. They chose this exo-planet for its many earth-like qualities (size, gravity, Goldilocks zone, volcanos, similar sun). However, it is like ...
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How long would it take for a humanoid race at the technical level of the 1500s to gain control of an entire Earth-sized planet?

I am designing a world where, after several groups convince others to join their economic terms with negotiation and non-violence, they then decide to create a confederacy. At this state they control ...
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How would human societies change after being confined on large interstellar transport ships for several generations?

I want to build a world populated by humans descended from colonists from Earth who have traveled a long distance and time to arrive (say, 80 years.) They come to this new Earth-like planet in dozens ...
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The Space Race - Do we remain countries or unite?

In a world where three or four, at least, other sentient, intelligent civilisations (of non-human species) with a few planets each exist, earthly humans are getting more advanced. We've finally got ...
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Where in the solar system is the most viable place to put my colonists, after Mars and Luna?

Mars and Earth's moon already feature in a lot of fiction about space colonization. After these two planets, and assuming that other solar systems are too far away, what is the best place within this ...
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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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Can a stone age civilization possible defend against colonial Europe?

Nearly every major stone age culture outside of Europe fell to European colonialism, they were immunized against the diseases they brought with them as well as their advanced technology made it nigh ...
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How will the first New Martians evolve?

Mars gets somewhat nice In about 1.6 billion years, the sun's habitable zone will have moved outward, increasing the carbon dioxide in Mars's atmosphere. According to Wikipedia, its surface ...
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Survivors of a far flung Earth

When the earth is flung out of the solar system as per Josh Pirhi's question, not everyone embarks on a spaceship. Instead, as earth becomes a rogue planet, a group of survivors created a self ...
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How do you set up a long term colony on Mercury

I want to set up a long-term self-sustaining colony on Mercury. What and how needs to be done for a colony to survive and thrive on the planet Mercury?
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Building a Base on the surface of a planet like Venus

I know living on Venus would be virtually impossible for us now. But I'm trying to picture what life would be like on the surface of such a world, and how advanced in technology a species would have ...
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Resources to possess, and restrict in asteroid belt

Assume 100 years from now we have established sustainable bases on Mars, to the point where a colony ship making the trip to Mars is not "breaking news" anymore. There are a few reasons to begin to ...
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Making a Planet Seem Uninhabitable

How can I make it so that an otherwise colonizable planet (or moon) can (entirely naturally) seem uninhabitable from a certain point on its surface? Background: There are a series of immovable gates ...
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Baby defects: Complicated system

On the generation ship in one of my stories and possibly more, there exists a positive relationship between the egg laying humanoid aliens who have an egg pouch on their chest and the humans they are ...
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Interstellar commerce: how easy would it be to find sources of potable water in space?

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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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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How to fly around the Martian thin layer of sky without burning holes in our pockets?

In the late 21st century C.E. total human population on the Martian soil reaches 5 millions with the majority inbred. They are scattered across the red planet living in football field sized domes and ...
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Planetary immolation part 2: gamma radiation blast

I am working on a book that features a form of "colonization" by destroying all life on a planet. The result of my first question related to this question : planetary-immolation resulted in a ...
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Stopping Glaciers and Colonizing a Super Antarctica

In my World , an Antarctic-like region is slowly growing, as the world gets colder and glaciers from the north expand , destroying all structures in its wake. Even worse , the glacier creeps at an ...
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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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How to increase the population growth of the human race

In my world (that takes place on an infinite plane), there exists an empire (let's call it Usotuhr) that is hell-bent on establishing human hegemony, or at the very least a human foothold, in the ...
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Colony Ship … Ship

In my world the human race exists on an infinite plane; 250,000 years of history conspire; things happen; and BOOM: a modern empire that controls what it though to be the "world" embarks on a new age ...
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How do I convince Edo-Japan to colonize the West?

Here's the deal, In my alternate history, following China and Korea repelling Japan in the late 16th century, they are looking for resources. China lost a lot more money defending themselves in this ...
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Can Mars colonies use the interior of mountains and hills rather than the surface?

I am writing a fiction about Mars, 300 yrs after colonization. Earth turns hyper-fundamental and cuts off all communication, so they've been on their own for the past two centuries. In constructing ...
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Planetary colonization by a female crew

I'm working on a planetary colonization story where a crew of 36 women are sent to populate an earth-like planet. The crew takes with them the tools needed to survive the first years. Enough to build ...
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Population of a de-novo human colony in 1,000 years on an Earth-like planet [closed]

If a highly technologically advanced (and educated, healthy, genetically diverse, etc.) group of 200 people colonized a planet, how many people would there be 1,000 years later if the planet they ...
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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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Planetary immolation

I am working on a book that features a form of "colonization" by destroying all life on a planet by basically doing on a large scale of what a "fuel-air-bomb" does. My question is what would be the ...
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What size does a subterranean base have to be for “natural” weather?

Many planets don't have habitable surfaces, though at least Mercury has good temperatures underground (source: http://www.einstein-schrodinger.com/Mercury_temperature.pdf). So I'm wondering how large ...
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What happens if a colony needs a specific supplement to survive?

Let's say it's the 1500s, and a new continent is discovered; people flock there to settle, farm the land, and collect the many natural resources there. Think the discovery of the Americas, for ...
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How might a race of microscopic humanoid organisms clear and maintain a humans only safe zone? [closed]

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 ( 0.2 mm - 0.22 mm ) . They live in a variety ...
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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 organism would be needed to make mars hospitable?

question 1 : What type of organisms would we have to place on mars for its atmosphere breathable for large mammals ( and human beings Question 2 : are there any organisms that could transform ...
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How long does it take before dialects branching from a single language become new languages themselves?

In the setting I'm constructing, humans migrated in a single major wave to a pair of large continents within the last thousand years or so (the exact value is partly dependent on the answer to this ...