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Old August 27th, 2017, 02:09 AM
Tikon Tikon is offline
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Default How do you colonize?

I always wondered why space exploration shows, always showed colonization as so bare bones.
Yes, it looks good on screen. (Also cheap to film).
But wouldn't it make more sense to bring your home with you, then set it up in your new environment? You're already in a self-contained spaceship. Why not convert it into your new digs when you get there?
This has historical precedence. As in the Conestoga wagons that took homesteaders to their land. Which some took apart and made into their new homes.
Further than that, more than just one home, how about a Township? (See what I did there ) Or a city ship? One where the founding city (say a bid space saucer or tower), lands on the planet, removes its drive section and converts it to storage or hydroponics for self-sufficiency. Alternatively, the drive section could then be removed with the cargo section, and be used as the colony's trade ship.
Now starships are insanely expensive in Traveller. How to pay for it? Have the colonists each buy a share of the ship (like a condo). When all the places are sold. The vessel is paid off, and off it goes.
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