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This is really damned neat.

Perhaps we will colonize the stars in my lifetime.

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fiskblack
Jun. 14th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
That's really neat. It's the premise for the discovery and subsequent exploration of other planets in my Hell for Humanity story (which I need to get moving again). Though, I don't think that the colonization of another world would herald a great revolution. Problems just continue to follow. Just look at all the towns named "Utopia" scattered throughout North America, founded by people who thought they could do it so much better.

Jay Naylor
muffinmaneric
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
I meant a war for independence, rather like the American Revolution. Besides, one of our larger problems - resources for our huge population - could be reduced substantially if we had more room and could do something with it(from the description, though, few of the super-Earths they've found would be very useable).
fiskblack
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
It'd be interesting to see the political machinations of a new planet, but I somehow doubt it would manifest in armed revolution. I think the vast distances to the homeworld would prevent effective governing from the homeworld, unless FTL flight somehow became feasable. This would minimize the need for revolution, and probably also mitigate the desire of a homeworld government to manage a colony that took decades and vast heaps of resources to get to. We're also at a point in history where the weapons brandished by governments versus the weapons available to be mustered by citizen armies, is at its largest gap in terms of destructive power and technical means of operation, requiring specialized education.

As a result, revolutions in third world areas continue to happen violently. Revolutions in developed nations seem to only happen politically.

More likely would be a rift among the colonists themselves.

Food for thought!

Jay Naylor
muffinmaneric
Jun. 14th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
We're also at a point in history where the weapons brandished by governments versus the weapons available to be mustered by citizen armies, is at its largest gap in terms of destructive power and technical means of operation, requiring specialized education.

This is something that has worried me for a long time, actually. :)

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