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Old March 4th, 2010, 01:59 PM
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Default Adapting "Pocket Empires" for "2300 AD"

I'm currently trying to adapt Traveller's "Pocket Empires" system to the social and technological assumptions of the "2300 AD" universe.

One of the biggest such differences is that the Traveller universe has antigravity, which makes getting things into orbit obscenely cheap and easy by modern standards. In the Traveller universe, it costs less than a present-day U.S. penny per kilogram, based on the Cr10/dton shuttle fee and the assumptions that (1) a Credit in the Classic Traveller universe has the same buying power as a 1977 U.S. dollar, and (2) the cargoes transported by starships in the Traveller universe have the same average density (kilogram/cubic meter) as the cargoes transported by maritime freighters on Earth (the average mass for a standard "TEU" cargo container is about 14 tonnes).

I know that in the "2300 AD" universe there are several methods of getting cargo into orbit: beanstalks, electromagnetic catapults (for durable cargoes only), SSTO shuttles, and old-fashioned rockets. Are there any figures for how much each of these methods costs, per cubic meter and/or per tonne?

Also, am I correct in thinking that a Livre has the same buying power as $3.00 in 1986? (I got that from
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