However, for some, that is more than enough of Our tooting Our own horn. Words and P.R. are one thing. Facts and figures are another. So, for you hard core bean counters out there, let us do some figuring on just what we are talking about here. Now, let's see those numbers.
The ZDK Institute is fast at work on advanced nuclear breakthroughs that should allow us to build spacecraft with hyper-light velocities. First generation vehicles of this propulsion type should be capable of attaining something along the lines of 100 times the speed of light. (We are already tracing particles travelling at approximately 64 times the speed of light!) Such vehicles should be ready for production in about 5, 10, 20, or 40 years--certainly within the next generation (depending on how much funding we get to move the program along).
Moreover, given that ship voyages of discovery to the New Worlds in the 1500s usually took about a year of ship travel (circumnavigation trips that circled the globe took about 2 years), we can roughly figure that our spacecraft could travel about a one year's voyage in out into Space (2 years round trip). Given the cruise speed of 100 times that of light, it would make star solar systems within about 100 Light Years accessible to Our Colonization Program.
So, how many stars are there at that range? Well, in a quick analysis, it has been estimated that within a 100 Light Year radius of the Planet Earth that there are approximately 14,000 stars! This is far too many to visit individually by manned ship voyages for exploration, mapping, and anaylsis for suitable colonial sites. Consequently, probes or robotic explores must be pursed! However, it would take a lot of them, as well! So, we must consider the development of some kind of long range scanner or telescope that can help us sort out nearby Stars for exploration for suitable colonial sites by our follow-up robotic probes. And then follow the successful robotic probes with manned voyages for on site inspections.
OK, so, how many suitable sites for Earth colonies may we find? Given a conservative estimate of about only 1 in 100 Stars have planets with suitable environments, that would give us about 150 colonial solar system sites (with multiple sub-grants within them--see LAND GRANT ALLOTMENTS) to develop and administer in the Next Generation (or two)! No small task!
Now, if you consider that America began with only 13 Colonies, and that today with 50 States (Colonies), the governmental load here, in the U.S., is absolutely enormous, currently! Then, as we are expecting a Colonial Network of 3 or 4 times that (perhaps 150 Planets with at least one continent the size of America), in the next generation or two--we more than have our work cut out for ourselves. And, hence, many will say that the job is just too big to be done. However, even the longest voyages must be started with those first, few small steps of getting ready--and making preparations to go. And, that is where we are beginning, at those very basic first steps--the Foundation! And laying the Policies for the Furtuistic Bureacracy and Star Management that will follow us.
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Moreover, Our initial attempt to work with the U.S. government on this task ended in utter disaster. (See the Article on the COLD FUSION CONTROVERSY for more details!) Consequently, any government interaction in this task is not looked on with great favor by the ZDK Staff.
However, the practical realities present the possibilities that we may be able to do a lot more with government funding. Consequently, we want to keep an open mind and be willing to negotiate, if such an opportunity should come along. Consequently, we need to establish some guidelines on Government Liasons.
Moreover, given the international scope of the disaster that the nova will bring, we must also keep our minds open to other governments out there becoming concerned enough to participate in this task. Thus, because of Our Realm's Viking Heritage, we would more than welcome any Scandinavian Country who may like to join into this Project! And, as far as that goes, most of the Nordic or Northern European Nations would be readily welcomed, too.
As to other Nations, beyond that, well, we would have to fall back on the Varangian Pledge, which governs participation in Our Realm. And, if the Country in question can endorse that, then we would be open to some kind of co-operative effort with them.
Consequently, (and contrary to our critics) we really do not look forward to any kind of General United Nations (or New World Order) participation in this Project (though one can never say just what the Future holds--and who will wake up to the looming disaster), for, clearly, some Nations are NOT of the Judeo-Christian (or Muslim) Heritage, but, rather openly embrace Idolatry or Paganism--which the Varangian Pledge would exclude!
Moreover, to those Countries that are Culturally compatible with Our Realm, I would add that the Star-Colony Land Grants are set up to be a kind of partnership, so that a Country could, theoretically, ally itself with us and thus obtain Lands for a Star-Colony of their own people, within those Granted and Protected by Our Realm. For a better grasp on this kind of Cultural diversity with Us, consult the KoReY HERITAGE WORLDS.
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Filed: 10-15-99 . . . Up-dated 12-18-01