Posts by Kirstie

2000-01-08 – The Floating Island problem- Fish farming and Murder

Ok, so.. The problem with Utopian societies is that people aren’t Utopian. Where you have more than one person, you tend to get tension. Eventually, given enough people, you get crime, and murder. Now, crimes of passion are one thing, but delibrate murder is something that is, to my mind, less likely to happen if…

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2000-01-07 – The Floating Island problem- Law and Order

The system may have to be thought up from scratch, but my suggested starting place is the work of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Based on individual freedoms, with high individual responsibility, and low government intervention and low taxes, Oceania will be a strong, stable, two-house democracy. Here are some of…

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2000-01-06 – The Floating Island problem- Waste services

In the beginning, human wastes will not really be a problem. However, as Oceania grows, the lack of land-fill, and the hope that we can be both economically viable and also have a low impact on the environment means that a solution will have to be found. Given that the entire system is being built…

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2000-01-03 – The Floating Island problem- The overall design

The structure of the system is not overly critical from a survival point of view, however, it will be safer and more desirable to maintain some rules. Stability for heavy communal areas will be interesting, too. Such things as industrial lathes and the like will require massive amounts of extra support. From Wayne Gramlich’s page…

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2000-01-01 – The Floating Island problem

Ok, I might get flamed for not knowing the correct name of this mooted installation, but hopefully not! (Tends towards the name “Aquarius Rising”, which sounds so New Age.) It has been postulated that the way into space is via the sea. This may sound silly, but there are a number of good reasons. Firstly,…

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2000-01-10 – The Space Station problem

Well, where to begin? Colonisation of space is the dream of many, but it isn’t exactly easy. There are hundreds of problems, the main one being how to get up there. The Space plane and other “Shuttle-U-Haul” systems are frankly wanting, as they aren’t ever going to be capable of getting all the way into…

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