McAvoy wrote:The other big question is we know that we will reach 9 billion by 2050. I am wondering since we did not hear anything about overpopulation and WW3 didn't really kill too many people effectively reduce the population level, how big is human population 100 years later or even by the 23rd century. That would dictate Earth colony populations at leats early on.
GrahamKennedy wrote: Rather, most colonies seem to either grow up around trade or mining centres, like Deneva, or start as small groups who are seeking an alternate lifestyle. Wanting to become farmers or whatever, like in This Side of Paradise.
McAvoy wrote:Problem would also be you need a vast amount of ships for people to colonize and then immigrate there as well.
sunnyside wrote:the Federation doesn't seem like the sort of entity that would force people to get off planet to mine some asteroids.
Mikey wrote:sunnyside wrote:the Federation doesn't seem like the sort of entity that would force people to get off planet to mine some asteroids.
Except for all the canonical evidence to the contrary, that is. "Force" may not be the right word, but have you seen Star Trek? There's a plethora of mining situations... and in TOS: "Devil in the Dark," we are given the clear impression that conditions for the miners is not par for the rest of the UFP, so there must be some other gain realized by the miners.
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