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Old April 10th, 2008, 05:52 PM
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Default World Tech Level: Production or Use?

This post by Far-Trader got me thinking (again) about what the TL rating for a system/planet really means.

Owing to the vast differences in TL here on our own little mote of dust in the galaxy, I have come to the conclusion that IMTU the TL of any given system refers to the level at which tech can be produced in a commercially viable export production capacity.

Thus, that TL 5 Ag world does in fact use high-tech farming techniques and equipment, it just can't produce it there.

What, it doesn't have a high tech starport either? Well, just how difficult is it to load Quadrotriticale into a bulk freighter anyway? All you need is a wide hardened surface on which to land your ship, open up the cargo hatch, let the gantry roll up next to you and start dumping in bulk grain.

I always think of the story by Brian Daley, "Han Solo at Star's End" when someone mentions a low TL Ag world. The land is just too valuable for growing food stuffs to waste too much of it to an industrial production capacity enough to bump the TL up to Imperium "standard".

I cannot think of any canon references that specifically answer this question.

How is it IYTU?
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