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What technical expertise would be required to create a sustainable colony?

A ship is sent through a wormhole to an unknown planet to create a sustainable colony. The colonists know that they won't have further contact with their home planet - this is a last ditch effort to ...
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What would the facilities of a Moon colony look like?

What would a human colony on the moon look like? I already asked a prelusive question here about the safest place to start a moon colony but I needed further informations. After some answers, I ...
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How many people would it take to repopulate the Earth? How large would the population get before degradation? [closed]

I'm wondering how many people it would take to start a new civilization. I'm thinking generally speaking in the following scenarios: Scenario A) A group of people are exiled from their home. They are ...
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Time required for isolated colonists to forget about their origin

Let's say that I have got colonists going to a far island, or to another planet far away. Let's say they have no means at all of communicating with the place they come from. How long would it take ...
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Death from old age stopped, with expansion to new worlds to handle population growth

One of the biggest 'immortality sucks' issues has always been the question of what to do with the new people being born. Without death, a world's limited resources can't keep up with a never ending ...
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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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Rapid Planetary Colonization: How to Build a City, Fast

In a futuristic sci-fi world (galaxy?) I'm building, warfare has become highly regulated and commercialized. When two corporations meet on a deserted planet to do battle, they're followed by all sorts ...
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A city to last ten million years: Maintenance

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Third question on Forevertown: What are the key issues for maintaining the physical infrastructure of a low-tech city over ten ...
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A city to last ten million years: Location

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Second question: What would be the best choice of site on the planet's surface? Assume the planet is more or less Earthlike in its ...
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What way to go about interstellar colonization is likely to be the first one technically and monetarily feasible?

A recent question concerning generation ships made me come up with a rather original alternative in my answer. It was pointed out that the concept of embryo space colonization has already been thought ...
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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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Interstellar commerce: how accessible are oxygen sources 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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Wouldn't building down make more sense when colonizing a dead planet?

Most science fiction stories has humans building large domes on the surface of planets like Mars or the Moon. But wouldn't it make more logistical sense to dig down and build down into the planet? I ...
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Would dinosaurs render a planet unfit for colonization?

So an amazing thing happens and we locate an Earth-like planet and we also achieve the technology that enables us to travel there. Upon arrival we discover that dinosaurs are roaming on the entire ...
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What would a lunar calendar look like?

First see this great answer on considerations when making a calendar. Consider a human colony on our own moon. Let's assume that the colony is influenced by the Gregorian calendar. Let's suppose the ...
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What are the minimum local environment requirements for a human colony?

In a new self-sufficient human colony, what are the minimum requirements of the local environment (i.e. what resources would it need) for long-term survival? Let's suppose that the colony land on ...