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by chimericoncogene
2020-11-29 01:28am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: The Mandalorian Discussion Thread (spoilers and such)
Replies: 261
Views: 51579

Re: The Mandalorian Discussion Thread (spoilers and such)

"The Jedi" had its flaws - I always found Ahsoka's face in Rebels and live-action insufficiently angular (I greatly preferred her Clone Wars cartoon look), Ahsoka definitely needed taller montrals, and the traditional sci-tech/maximalist nitpicks nagged at me occasionally. But overall, the episode w...
by chimericoncogene
2020-10-05 06:43am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Demographic Transition and Minimalism
Replies: 16
Views: 1978

Re: Demographic Transition and Minimalism

Is there any pressing reason that we should expect *any* space opera to have huge populations in the future? To recheck the question. No. Not all space operas must be expected to have huge populations in the future. But some space operas can have huge populations in the future because the limits to...
by chimericoncogene
2020-10-05 06:20am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Demographic Transition and Minimalism
Replies: 16
Views: 1978

Re: Demographic Transition and Minimalism

And this is exactly the thinking I'm critiquing; you said in short order that yes, these population growth rates can reduce, then continue to assume they'll be static for tens of thousands of years because... yeah, no reason. Necron, you're asking the wrong question (or maybe I'm answering a differ...
by chimericoncogene
2020-09-16 11:25am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Demographic Transition and Minimalism
Replies: 16
Views: 1978

Re: Demographic Transition and Minimalism

It's a little myopic to focus on wars, but even the most "patriotic" or war-obsessed governments (hello Russia) aren't necessarily able to reliably coax their population to expand in the modern era. Is this the 80s? China is an example of a demograhpic transition country and China's next demographi...
by chimericoncogene
2020-09-15 02:43am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Demographic Transition and Minimalism
Replies: 16
Views: 1978

Re: Demographic Transition and Minimalism

Mathematics suggests that at the same approximate technology level, larger, growing polities should outcompete negative-growth polities and swamp them into irrelevance. History suggests that if negative-growth polities try to assert negative-growth policies, the larger polity should win the ensuing ...
by chimericoncogene
2020-09-08 12:24pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships

It should be noted 900 teratons/second is INSANE. Well, this is Star Wars, where they make orbit in seconds, zip across the galaxy in hours at 30 million times the speed of light, blow up planets with trillion-teraton shots (with a power output similar to that of the entire Milky Way galaxy on a no...
by chimericoncogene
2020-09-07 10:28pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Controversy over USC professor’s use of Chinese word that sounds like racial slur in English
Replies: 10
Views: 2141

Re: Controversy over USC professor’s use of Chinese word that sounds like racial slur in English

This is idiotic, and exactly the kind of thing communications courses are supposed to do. In theory, if the students encounter the phrase again in another setting, they'll know not to be weirded out, and persons speaking Chinese will know not to be too shocked when someone expresses discomfort. It's...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-31 10:12pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: What legends arcs should the clone wars have adapted?
Replies: 12
Views: 1817

Re: What legends arcs should the clone wars have adapted?

There's always the traditional "It's Republic Propaganda to sell war bonds" cop-out.

If anyone asks why they portray the Jedi in a bad light occasionally, we can always say the censors never aired those episodes and the writing team got investigated by COMPOR afterwards.
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-19 01:38am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships

https://memestatic1.fjcdn.com/comments/Perhaps+before+telling+me+to+read+what+you+posted+perhaps+_9eae10b5359fde6c996316a27cbef76b.jpg Pictures cut right out of the Incredible Cross Sections book are all over the net. Typing in Acclamator Incredible Cross Sections gets you everything on the first p...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-14 10:13am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships

@chimericoncogene, having data on acceleration, speed and distance traveled would it be possible to obtain the amount of energy necessary to make this journey? In this way we could get an idea of ​​the partial energy of the reactor. Not without exhaust velocity, no. Also, there's no point getting e...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-13 05:39am
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv
Replies: 37
Views: 4795

Re: What should be the next fantasy series adapted for tv

They could give Discworld a proper TV or film adaptation in place of the latest round of misadaptations. But they'd have even odds of doing it badly, so it might not be a very good idea.
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-13 05:24am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: New Biggaton for Star Wars Ships

The conventional wisdom (which is mostly sound) is that since Star Wars spacecraft have high power outputs by virtue of performing feats like crossing Yavin IV's orbit (presumably a distance of several hundred thousand kilometers) in several minutes to engage Death Stars, Star Wars weaponry should h...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-07 08:23am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

There are never enough volunteers for peer competition warfare. In the case of the Republic, there were not enough volunteers of conscripts that their presence was ever noticed. There is a selection bias in that we see what we see from a particular set of characters. But we have a lot of them by no...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-06 08:58pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

People can care about a war and not participate a lot. Think of the War of Terror. People loved to put those ribbons on their cars, and fight with the 101st fighting keyboarders, but US armed forces still had trouble with recruiting. Volunteer numbers skyrocketed immediately after 9/11; the US mili...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-06 12:45am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

Perhaps during the Clone Wars people were just happy to see a purpose made slave race fight the war against the other purpose made slaves. Then the post CW military is more about being a sink for excess labour and resources, so it's a switch to a volunteer force. Yeah, but that's not particularly f...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-05 09:12pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

Could they though? Many say nobody asked about the clone army's origins because they need a solution right there and then. That only goes so far, because we also know the clones take a long time to make and we never see a gradual inclusion of major non-clone troops backfill as the Republic has time...
by chimericoncogene
2020-08-05 06:22am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

The Clone army can be explained as the number of active frontline clone troopers. The number disparity is still problematic, but we can make it look a little bit more sensible. Eh. My favorite interpretation has always been a million legions or so (each legion being between a battalion and an army ...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-28 09:36am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

Yes. I meant that to be implied. Thus the "It was kind of an emergency." Of course; you were reasonably clear. I just found the whole idea interesting to explore, and your statement got me considering what Separatist war aims might be. As is usual for this sort of thing, I would expect war aims to ...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-28 03:37am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?
Replies: 110
Views: 14116

Re: Could the Fulminatrix have pierced the Raddus's shields?

Just checking, do you think the Republic should have surrendered to the Separatists/let them secede? Because I'm not seeing what their other options were at that point. The war was apparently desperate with an actual army. Presumably they would have lost without it. I think Separatist war aims were...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-17 01:32pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Naval Operational Art in Star Wars
Replies: 1
Views: 1292

Naval Operational Art in Star Wars

Given that a major trope in Star Wars is World War II in SPAACE, I have been considering how naval campaigns might play out in an interesting fashion. Specifically, I've been wondering how it might be possible to pull off an USN-esque "Operational Art" in space. e.g. Operation Cartwheel in Space, et...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-14 07:04am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Should the Son of Mortis have been the Big Bad of the Sequel Trilogy?
Replies: 30
Views: 4343

Re: Should the Son of Mortis have been the Big Bad of the Sequel Trilogy?

They could have heavily modified and spun up the whole Abeloth arc about galactic chaos, etc, etc.
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-12 11:27am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Cleopatra In Space - Finally, Science in a Kid's Show!
Replies: 0
Views: 2488

Cleopatra In Space - Finally, Science in a Kid's Show!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-2-SBUemN4[/youtube] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleopatra_in_Space_(TV_series) Cleopatra in Space is a Dreamworks Animation show based on a reasonably pulpy kid-friendly premise: A 15-year old Queen Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolomies, is transported...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-12 02:35am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Expanse Season 4
Replies: 40
Views: 12051

Re: The Expanse Season 4

How much did it cost for Mars? How much for the Ganymend station? Their fleet was old, but how much for the big cruiser. Earth had the means for a generation ships as soon as it had an Epstien drive. Yeah, but there would have been little point spending similar amounts of money on another multi-cen...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-11 01:49pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Expanse Season 4
Replies: 40
Views: 12051

Re: The Expanse Season 4

Wasn't most of that expense Fred Johnson billing them for space station facility construction? Basically billing the Mormons for upgrading his entire space station into a 1st class spacedock? As part of a plan to make the Belt independent of Mars and Earth? While the UN would have to eat the same k...
by chimericoncogene
2020-07-11 10:47am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: The Expanse Season 4
Replies: 40
Views: 12051

Re: The Expanse Season 4

It's worth noting that it isn't technological, it's cultural. Only the Mormons funded an exodus ship(that was promptly stolen by the Belters, but alas). There's really no reason, unless the UN is poorer than the Mormons, couldn't do the same and fund several Ark ships to give humanity a chance beyo...