Status report from a lonely (sci-fi) observation post…

Status Report, Dated 5697 UGRP
Security Observation Outpost
Star System NG125694, Planet Three (locally known as the Sol/Earth system)

SUBJ: Galactic Mining Consortium, risk to NG125694 Assets and Mining Operations

Abstract

Approximately sixty standardized solar rotational periods ago (UGRP), increased exploration by the dominant species on the third planet of star system NG125694, beyond the confines of its planetary habitat, necessitated the placement of a security observation outpost to monitor and continuously assess the risk of discovery of, and interference with, various Galactic Mining Consortium assets, specifically those located on the planet’s single moon. Although initial survey efforts by the planet’s inhabitants accelerated quickly, current conditions suggest a much reduced risk vector of discovery by extra-planetary exploration, now and for the foreseeable future. Because of this, it is recommended that the security observation post be closed and replaced by periodic monitoring.

Detailed Report

Until about forty rotational periods ago, space exploration by the dominant species of NG125694-P3 (who identify themselves as “human”) seemed poised to follow the normal growth and extra-planetary colonization track, as outlined in version fifteen of the Galactic Guidebook of Developing Civilizations. Indeed, it was the relatively short period of time between the initial launching of low-orbit satellites to the landing of human explorers on the planet’s moon that necessitated the establishment of this observation post. Since then, however, human-based exploration outside of near-planet orbit abruptly ceased to exist and has been replaced by primitive, semi-autonomous devices, with seemingly little current desire by the various governments to pursue any extra-planetary migration.

Although there is much speculation as to why human deep space exploration has largely ended, the dominant theme seems to be a combination of extremely large allocations of effort and material towards the destruction of threatening societies by the most powerful societal organization on the planet, and the rapidly increasing effects of the notably strange, intentional altering of the planet’s habitability by the pumping of massive amounts of carbon dioxide, stored naturally by the planet over the course of millions of rotational periods, back into its atmosphere. Furthermore, it is expected that the looming need for large-scale adaptation by the human population to these changes will consume most of its efforts for the next several hundred rotational periods, leaving few resources for extra-planetary exploration and interference with the assets in question. Indeed, there seems to be very little human interest in even replacing its current generation of weather monitoring satellites before they stop working, which is a truly strange concept, given the increased frequency and ferocity of atmospheric storms!

Finally, the monitoring team wishes to note that, even though the inhabitants appeared poised to begin stopping their habitat-altering experiment some ten rotational cycles ago, powerful, entrenched interests asserted control and even expanded the program, to the point where several irreversible feedback loops appear to be taking over.  Therefore, it is the considered opinion of this team that the threat of human colonization beyond the confines of its planetary domain is now relatively insignificant and can be discounted, verifiable by periodic monitoring and risk profile adjustment.

Conclusion

The observation team recommends suspension of continuous threat monitoring. However, the team feels that the current human condition may justify a research project to study how a global civilization responds to the rapid, self-imposed altering of the habitability of its only planet. Although this may seem the height of folly on their part, we believe it provides a unique experience to observe the adaptive capability of pre-stellar civilizations in response to potentially extreme, society-altering events. Indeed, it is not often that the opportunity to observe the willful self-destruction of such a once promising species presents itself, even to a civilization as ancient and far-flung as the Galactic Empire!

End of report.

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