As a journalist sometimes you have to search high and low to find your next article’s topic. Sometimes, however, the galaxy seems to deposit a fantastic topic right onto your weary shoulders. This article is the direct result of said galactic-intervention. Let’s talk about the monumental importance of yesterday’s Teragine Inc. press release.
Colonization is the primary engine of our civilization. So much of our technology, economics, history, and interfactional relations revolve around this abstract concept of the “who” owning “what” in the roughly quarter-percentage of Silver Spiral that we currently occupy. Every day, though, it seems, this percentage is creeping ever larger and as the Empire, Federation, and Neutrality expand, then questions of the “who” and the “what” are growing more complex, more contentious, and more frequent. Our civilization is massive; Populations are booming and new pockets are being established on new planets at a breakneck speed as our governments struggle for territorial dominance. It’s not question that galactic civilization requires room to grow. Right now though it seems that the solution that is most easily pursued is always outward facing, moving further along the galactic arms toward the galactic center, or slowly making an approach toward unknown territory on the other side of the Silver Spiral.
The speed at which territorial acclimation is happening is a sign of concern for many. Some argue that perhaps the rush to conquer new planets has resulted in something that can be described as “slapdash,” where scouts hurriedly drop probes on a system, throw on a barely supported population, and leave behind a few hasty GIN relays to maintain some semblance of a galactic network. This of course leaves some proponents to wonder about these systems and if they are being explored to their full potential. That of course, is where Teragine comes in.
Several centuries ago, a small Astro-Mole construction company began to expand into the terraforming market, and needless to say grew into the most successful and pre-eminent environmental-crafting firm in the galaxy. In an unusually forward-thinking move, they proposed a project to The Federation, their largest customer. This project, of course, would come to be etched into the history docs as Bornoi 3. In summation, Teragine was able to create a living world from lifeless space rock. A great deal of the process is, unsurprisingly, proprietary, but much of it likely relies on the incredible material known as sprag.
Sprag, of course, is a fungus that is grown in mass quantities on several worlds. The unique characteristics of sprag allow it to change form depending on various chemical and energy exposures. As a whole the material is often used for plastics to supplement the needs of so many industries, but, exposure to certain forms of radiation breaks down the material into a form not entirely dissimilar to dirt. This mixture of irradiated sprag, combined with naturally broken down sprag and other organic materials therefore create a suitable soil for terraforming processes. It is not unusual then to realize the Teragine Inc. has invested in several sprag growing operations. What the real mystery is stems from the logistics of transporting so much processed sprag from a growing operation to a largely lifeless planetoid, and then from there, how exactly does the infrastructure of this future world begin using the material? The answer lies in what Teragine patents refer to as Nanosoil. As it stands currently, the only supplier of Nanosoil is also the developer of the material/process. In fact what Nanosoil actually consists of is, outside of Teragine Inc,. subject to rumors. Rumors for another time, unfortunately.
Regardless of the mystery surrounding the creation of Bornoi 3 it is of particular significance for what exactly the planet offers. Though colonization of this planet is currently limited to Astro-Moles and employees and families of Teragine Inc., PR vids are telling concerning the nature of the world. Videos show a planet that is, essentially, a patchwork of environments that are buffered by general cross-habitable zones. Each of these patches is a pocket of a world that may suit a specific race’s lifestyle and needs. So much of our colonial conflict is driven by the desire for space, not just livable space, but space that is easy to live in. What Bornoi 3 promises is the perfect planet. Now, how much terraforming costs in credits and decades, of course, is still not entirely understood, and even though the planet seems to be in place with its own ecosystem, it may still take a century before the planet and the various internal systems are stable enough to support full colonization. However, it is still a marvelously exciting development that is going to have a profoundly disruptive effect on how our respective governments look at planetoids. While the slapdash expansion from star system to star system is likely not to be slowed dramatically, one would hope that the promise of such colonization techniques that we are now seeing may result in an inwards glance by our governments and perhaps lead to less aggression overall.
Then again, the largest wrinkle in all of this is whether this technology will be made available to the Empire or the Neutrality. Will the secrets of Nanosoil remain firmly in the Federation’s borders, or will this microscopic miracles transcend nationalism for the benefit of our Galaxy as a whole? Much like the ecosystems of Bornoi 3, time will tell the end result.