OT: Immigration as opposed to colonization
From: "Brian Bilderback" <bbilderback@h...>
Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 18:17:53 PDT
Subject: OT: Immigration as opposed to colonization
I've decided to post a sequel to my last one about colonization. But I
that, to avoid a sequel to the furor over the last one, people read the
WHOLE post before responding to any one part.
First of all, let me state once and for all, I'm sorry that my quote on
expense of space travel was not made more specific. I was NOT referring
the cost of space travel throughout the entire history/future of human
travel. I was merely referring to the cost of leaving our solar system
the first few times, going out to uninhabited, unfamiliar space, and
As for the level of technology: Why must we assume that every
innovation available in the games was available at the dawn of
and colonization? What if we had not yet achieved anti grav technology?
if our first interstellar ships, and they'd be exploration and
craft, could only reach say .7 or .8 C? Only the closest stars would be
attainable, and even they would be long, arduous journeys. Colonists
know that they were going away for good - live or die, many will never
Now let's move forward, to the time AFTER we've colonized, and are now
dealing with commerce and migration between established systems. And
use the same analogy as before.
The Push and the Pull are still there. As for the resistance, well...
add a new element, which we'll call Lubrication. In this case, further
technological advances and the profits from interstellar commerce are
lubrication which eases the old forms of resistance. space travel is now
cheaper, safer, faster, and easier (happy every one?).
There will be new pushes and pulls, and the old Pushes and pulls will
strength. The home world will still have extra people to pawn off,
little separatist group will want there own new homeland. Some
will still go on, and it will be slightly easier for those who attempt
But most of the moving going on at this point will be to established
colonies with booming new economies. The mines and factories on
hell need workers, air conditioning is as common as mine shafts, and the
last venoskunk in the habited areas is in a zoo.
But new forms of resistance will arise. Xenophobia will be an issue on
colonies. Colonies and the home world will have decidedly different
opinions on how the colonies should be run, and who should make that
decision (Sound familiar?). More than one colony may be competing on
same planet. (This can be both a force and a resistance. Both
are going to want to pump bodies into their colony, and both are going
try to hinder each other.)
Sure, by now, it's fairly easy and cheap for people as poor as the lower
middle class to emigrate, maybe even for the poorer with government
But once you get there, you're called Streeter, or old dirt, or any
brand new racial/planetial slur that can be invented. It may be
to strike out on your own for uninhabited parts of the new planet, or
may endure and make your way in the main colony (or you may just die).
Either way, you're an entirely new breed of individual from the first
settlers who colonized the planet. You, and they, have a different set
advantages and disadvantages that you may not entirely understand about
other. But you both share a common drive to make a better life for
yourself, and you are both very important to the development of the
of humanity in space.
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