An insight into.....Waterless Worlds

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Marmora, Canada

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*In a way the invention of Enhanced Cryogenics in 2143 brought about the scourge of waterless and abandoned planets/moons across the universe.

Although I will state at that time ( mid 22nd century ) in human history, Enhanced Cryogenics was heralded as the answer for exploration and colonization of worlds beyond the bounds of our tiny solar system.
Before EC, travel between worlds was time consuming and in most cases took one or two generations of colonist families before planetfall.
The original colonists had to teach their offspring and so on. So the second and third generations would have only known the world of the ship.

But with the advent of EC we could build ships for deep space and freeze people for as long as needed and this was carried out on an unprecedented scale for the next 1000 years, right up until the present day (3355) and will probably continue until the invention of something more advanced.

I will say that at least now we had solved our overpopulation problems, but at what cost.

So now we come back to the problem, think about this!!.

Colonization reached its peak between about 3189-3193, at that point humanity had about 87,000 worlds or moons settled with a total population of 400 trillion.
Most settlements went through the same process, …..the ship stayed in orbit for about 6 months while the planet was explored, mostly for good settlement areas, the the colonists ( averaged about 800-1200 ) made planetfall with enough goods/materials plus emergency food to last for 5 years.
Once settlement was established the ship proceeded back to one of the jumping off points, ( by circa 2634 there were about 25 marshaling stations along the outer rim of the Milky Way).

So the colonists would have to be self sufficient, the chances of seeing another ship in orbit in the next 100 years was almost zip!!

Most planets had a breathable atmosphere, and plenty of water, forests etc, so self sufficiency was possible.

Then in about 3225 we ( on Earth ) heard stories of an alien race called the Salthalac who were buying water on a huge scale, we’re not talking a couple of million gallons here, they were buying whole seas,lakes and in some cases stripping a planet of its water and ice.

Images came back of human occupied worlds stripped of life, abandoned. Some of them are harsh to look upon.

And the cause was really our own, not being able to keep in touch with the thousands of worlds we had colonized, some of them could not survive and so sold water rights, of course at the time the powers that be were more interesting in finding places other than an overpopulated Earth to put humanity.

And think it may very well come back to haunt us!!

This image is of Nadeena a once beautiful planet of small city states rising above pristine waters,
but now a barren and arid landscape with a few ruins scattered about.*

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