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Old October 4th, 2018, 05:58 PM
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Default Industries in a sci-fi setting

I've been doing a little bit of examination of the banal and mundane in a sci-fi setting (3I or other). When your party rocks up to a high port, startown or some other location, what is actually there? If you think about the terminal of an airport, there are loads of duty free shops, cafes and various other facilities. What might one find in the passenger concourse of the high port at (say) Regina or Rhylanor? Who might have offices in an orbital facility, or startown, or downtown in a major city on a TL13 planet?

There are some fabulously detailed lists of products and industries in today's world, for example NAPCS/NAICS, NACE (links below).1

What industries might one find in a high tech economy - for example:
  • A fabber company that custom builds parts for out-of-production spacecraft.
  • A small company that services robots.
  • A company that manufactures third-party sights for ACRs or gauss rifles.
  • A company that manufactures vacc suits
  • A company that refurbishes vacc suits.
  • A company that refills fuel canisters for vacc suit thruster packs with Hydrazine2
  • A clinic that installs cybernetics
  • A clinic that uses a small meson accelerator for radiological cancer treatments.
  • An interstellar chain of mediocre coffee shops called 'Apollo's'
  • A Bertram - a chain of superstores selling ship's supplies. Found in most class-C or better starports.
  • Moss & Eisley small cargoes - a chain of cargo brokers.
1Links to big, comprehensive lists of industry classifications

2 Hydrazine is famously toxic and generally regarded as a PITA to handle. See John D Clark's Ignition, which has just been re-printed for a fabulous treatise on rocket fuels.
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