Report on Lagrange Colony Uno, “Terra Novus”

to Department Chief

Intelligence and Information Agency

Provisional Government of Earth and Provinces

Wellington, New Zealand

Classified confidential. Restrict publication and distribution, Section 19 Para 4, “Internal use only”.

May 19, 2179

Summary

This report describes in brief the political situation on Lagrange Colony Uno (hence forth referred to as “L1”) as well as detailing the various factions, groups and parties with influence and/or power there. An understanding of the power dynamic on L1 necessitates a basic knowledge of L1’s history and societal dynamics, as well as a knowledge of the physical and scientific constraints under which L1 operates. Each of these topics, therefore, is dealt with in brief, with references to sources of further information.

Of particular note is L1’s strong scientific community and the intimate ties it has with both industry and politics. Since this power triangle determines much of the goings-on at L1, this relationship is looked at in some detail.

A survey is also made of L1’s military capabilities, and the likelihood that these will be used by those in power in the foreseeable future. Over the hundred and twenty years of their existence, the leaders of L1 have come up with unique, cost-effective and powerful methods of defense intimately associated with their economy; how this works and was built up is also looked into.

This report concludes that currently a military attack and takeover of L1 is infeasible; moreover it recommends that all possible efforts be made to strengthen political, economic and scientific ties with L1 in both the short and long term with emphasis on emulating their scientific success.

Introduction

History of L1: Building, funding, initial population, war on earth, refugees, emergent leadership, closing of L1 to refugees, strides made in deep space technology, buildup of strong science culture, aid to earth, playing one against other, energy crisis and L1’s role in it as sole power rich in energy, emergent societal trends and groups

The design of L1 started as early as the mid 20th century, with bits and pieces being assembled, hasty back-of-the-envelope calculations and school design competitions. Over a period of fifty years an enormous corpus of ideas, patents, design ideologies, methodologies and funding strategies developed, and working on this base several governments of the time pooled expertise and money to start building the colony.

L1 is so named because it is located at one of the Lagrange points of the Earth-Moon system. Lagrange points (specifically, two of them) are points of stable equilibrium in a field, so that if an object is at these points, slight displacements result in it being attracted back to the point. The Lagrange points had long been earmarked as viable locations for a space colony, and their proximity to both the Earth and the Moon made them ideal for the purpose.

L1 was built extremely fast, for a project of this size, over a 12 year period ending 2059. By this time four of the six sections that were to comprise the entire structure (in addition to the central hub, which was the first piece to be put in place) had been completed. At this point it was functional enough to support 1/3rd of its final estimated population, which would move in over the next five years, and feedback from these initial settlers would, it was envisioned, be incorporated into the design of the final two sections. The last two hubs would also be different, in that most of their construction would take place in the hub itself; the completion of L1 would be the first major task before what was already being called the biggest industrial area in the world — and yet not. Any initial problems in The Hub would be wrinkled out in this period, after which industrial work could begin in earnest.

Unfortunately, the deepening energy crisis, exacerbated by a worldwide economic recession (which, general consensus has it, was caused at least in part by the vast expenditure and budget overruns in the construction of L1), caused work to be delayed for two years. Tensions on Earth grew more and more pronounced; finally, the BRIC alliance, complicit with the EU, declared war on the oil-rich nations of the Middle East in 2063.

Most of us know what happened over the next two years on Earth; it is interesting, however, to note the developments in L1 during this time.

Discussion

One of the most interesting results of L1’s history as a society both designed by and populated by the extremely young (several thousands of the patents involved in L1’s design, construction and deployment were awarded to people under 21 years of age) is the strong culture of youth activism and politics.

Conclusion and Recommendations

Value of L1 as scientific center and idea generator, and as an example, not as military conquest; will fall apart due to conflicting elements presented in previous section; wait, watch, copy and not commit mistakes

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