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A factor to consider is that the elements in the crust may be less subject to mining and extraction, and thereby be less accessible. For instance, iron (Fe) is found in a distinct layer of rock which was associated with the oxygenation of the atmosphere, a process that was caused by the development of photosynthesis in living cells. There are hypotheses (...


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You've already touched on the biggest problem to technological development; the colonists will struggle to make carbon monoxide and that means they will be unable to crack any oxides without electricity and they won't be able to crack oxides with poor water solubility in any great volumes at all. That means that large scale use of metals is probably a non-...


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(Note: I don't have relevant expertise, so a lot of this is speculation.) There are a couple problems I see on a planet without life. The first problem to consider is accessing carbon. Most carbon would be in the form of carbonates, which would have to be mined, and the carbon would have to be extracted. If the planet is cold like Mars, there might be frozen ...


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(government) Proceedings The alien ship has materialized (?) at L2, we did not get a response to our mail. Scientists have proposed the aliens could not receive our mail in time, because we don't know how to do their FTL tricks. Our email landed at the server, 2 light years before they arrived. The server would send it over, but the message has never reached ...


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Mars is currently fashionable, but I doubt that it's as habitable as its proponents think. We know that microgravity is unhealthy, but there's unfounded hope that 40% gravity won't be. But what if its simply 60% as unhealthy as microgravity? That's still pretty bad. Then, there are the galactic cosmic rays. Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere stop most of ...


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Titan is actually one of the more hospitable spots in the outer solar system. If you need methane to refuel a spacecraft, there's plenty of it. If you need nitrogen to help terraform Mars when they finally reapprove that project, Titan is the place to go. Colonist applications will be available soon. Avoid Jupiter and its moons. The last transmissions from ...


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The asteroid belt Followed by the moons and potentially rings of gas giants. The asteroid belt is already planned in real life to be colonized alongside Mars. It’s reasonable to assume that companies and governments would start there. And it’s not like the asteroid belt is unprofitable compared to Mars, it’s probably the single most profitable place in the ...


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Many would probably propose Venus - personally I am against that, but it does have some scientific value in exploration, and there are methods to have people use airships in the atmosphere. I'd say you're best bet is to go onward to the asteroid belt, especially to places like Ceres. Ceres would probably be a good inbetween point between Earth and the outer ...


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This could go a few ways. The first is by having trading done autonomously. The only real information about tech is that this is Pre-FTL. If CryoFreezing Exists: They could hibernate the passengers for the trip, except for a few select Technicians, the Captain, and People in charge of Communication. If Trading does not require Humans Basically, no humans ...


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I will focus on economy since communications cannot be changed as its presently based on the speed of light. Initially, the purpose of colonizing these other stars is to ensure the survival of the human race and a bit of adventure thrown in for good measure. Financially, there is no real reason to set up colonies in these far flung locations. Any resources ...


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Energy Economics (highlights) To move something from point A to B at interstellar distances requires velocities close to the speed of light. For example, to get six light-years away, at $1 \over 3$c takes eighteen years. The minimal energy required to accelerate and slow the load is ${mc^2}\over{\sqrt{1-{{v^2}\over{c^2}}}}$ or ${mc^2}\over{\sqrt{1-{\%^2}}}$ ...


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No. It is an example of putting square peg in a round hole. It is good you noticed some problem on your own, how Silk road can't be transfered on to this situation. Exotic materials, if you like to be harder than Star Trek - it does not work as well. All exotic materials(I know elements) are in periodic table of elements, most of them present on this planet ...


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I think it would be similar to the trade system between the colonies and mainland Europe during the 1600s and 1700s. Messages could not travel faster than light given the technology level, but could travel at the same speed as the ships which carry humans with 100% integrity. The economies would be mostly separate given the vast distances, with commodities ...


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In Search The Sky (Pohl and Kornbluth, 1954) inter-system commerce is handled by oligarchs running multi-generational trading firms. Distances are too great for useful radio communication. An oligarch (or consortium) invests to build and send a Longliner to another inhabited system in the hope of a return trip that brings an enormous windfall to their ...


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Communication will look like some form of RFC 7122. There may be other RFCs that fit. Look for Delay Tolerant Network This will allow the existence of passive communication protocols in your trans-steller network. sg SMTP (email) and streaming Interactive communications (Zoom meetings. Web pages) will require FTL Communications capabilities to handle ...


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(government) (Proceedings) With your inputs sofar, we have devised an approach, that would respect the thruth (the error is on our side) and we'll show our gratitude for the report and their efforts to save our crew member. There is no time for a formal protocol, we will have to put that in place when all ends well. For now, our psychology experts have ...


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It is objectively better in every single case to build artifiical habitats. If you have the time and energy to turn an entire planet into a crap ton lf habitats then that will always be better then terraforming. Planets are a major waste of resources since you can only use a thin layer of their surface. Without putting a thick solid shell around a planet, ...


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An ever stronger need for processing power and efficiency I don't know if these robots are under threat from other bots in the scrap/material/part/lubricant harvesting sense but whether or not they are shouldn't affect my answer too much. The way I see it, mechanical life would try to increase their processing power as much as possible while trying to ...


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No life ⇒ no longer chain hydrocarbons ⇒ no lubricants for your robots no rubber for any elastic/flexible membranes those robots would benefit


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A meeting place. Aliens are coming. They are fast. If they can move that fast and they are warlike we are toast. Other governments need to know aliens are coming so they don't do something stupid when they detect them. Humbly apologize. Thank them for rescuing the boy and trying to help the copilot. Note that you are interested in learning more about ...


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Simple claim that is was all a misunderstanding. That you didn't know the planet was inhabited. Offer a small contemsation in exchange for the boy and everything thing should be alright. Just in case send out your entire fleet to as a Friendly excort for the alien ship. Just as a reminder who runs this galaxy.


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