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April 27th, 2014, 6:00 pm

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Reply Wolfie_Inu, April 27th, 2014, 6:25 pm


Jane: A vengeance weapon?
Wolff: Yes. The idea was to allow the Om-Ankh to take over the planet, and then to devastate it as soon as they invested significant amounts of resources into its development ... / The weapon should have gone off already when the population reached four billion, but they're past seven already ... something is wrong, but we can't diagnose the problem ...

Wolff: Here we are ... the control room ...
Jane: Hm ... problematic ... / But I guess there was no time for a better solution ...

Jane: Aha! A universal broadband data connector ... / I'll just quickly jump into the system ... and by the time I disconnect, I'll be able to welcome you to the planet Atlantis ... population: zero!

Jane: (thinks) There we go ... that's better!

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Reply Lavabat, April 27th, 2014, 7:08 pm

It won't be Atlantis with population Zero if she is not careful.

Reply Wolfie_Inu, April 27th, 2014, 7:19 pm

@Lavabat: The double negative didn't not confuse me for a second.

Reply Lavabat, April 28th, 2014, 4:50 am

@Wolfie_Inu: Glad to hear it!

Reply GabrielsThoughts, April 28th, 2014, 12:20 pm

I'm not sure I understand the advantage of letting an enemy develop socially and culturally to the point of even 4billion strong before launching a doomsday weapon. After all, wouldn't 300 plus years have taken place in the intervening timeline. Most of the planetary population, if not all of it, would have been either assimilated or become indistinguishable from the natives. Look at the Cherokee people of the USA for instance. I assume any bloodline that has been in America between thirteen to seven generations is descended from that tribe alone.

Reply Wolfie_Inu, April 28th, 2014, 2:05 pm

@GabrielsThoughts: Well, in the case of Atlantis/Earth, there was no more remaining indigenous population. The logic of the Atlanteans, faced with the inevitable takeover of their planet following their extinction, would be to allow the invaders to invest resources into the development of the planet, and then to destroy its usefulness to them before said investment began to pay off. If the escape of some Atlanteans aboard the sleeper ships was taken into account at this stage, the added advantage would be that the enemy would waste resources in their development of the planet, which would then not have been invested in the pursuit of the Atlantean survivors. Given that the Khanite population on Atlantis was (projected to be) wiped out, and Khanites are not the same species as humans (making inter-breeding presumably not a factor), there was no reason to expect the cultural assimilation of the invaders to occur. How and why this did in fact happen has not yet been explained.

Though you're right that 4 billion is an arbitrary number (and arguably too large).

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