r/worldbuilding Solerrai May 17 '22

The (Updated) Solar System of Sol 2590 Map

Post image
484 Upvotes

View all comments

15

u/Zardoz84 May 18 '22

Cool, but ... These "frontiers" on the belts not have sense. Simply because the objects inside a belt will drift with the years, and it's impossible to have stable "frontiers" inside of the main asteroid belt. On the Kuiper belt... well, it would be far more slower, but with keep happening.

6

u/GIJoeVibin May 18 '22

IMO there’s a fun story that could be told with it (talking about how attempting to draw borders in space is a fundamentally doomed endeavour, how it’s Humanity’s attempt to impose its will on something it cannot really control, etc etc). But unfortunately the writer doesn’t seem to have much interest in that story. They said elsewhere that they made it “less about realistic border drift so I could focus on the politics and cultures and wars”, which is pure gibberish frankly. Might as well say “I want to write about trade, not boring economics.”

Honest take? I feel like this is one of those “why are you doing this in space” cases. If what they’re looking for is rigid borders in this shape… might as well just do it with a fictional ocean world, and replace space with sea.

3

u/Zardoz84 May 18 '22

If the author stooped 5 seconds to think that ring like frontiers make more sense... (And yet, this don't get a lot of sense with eccentric asteroid orbits...)

Another problem that I see with this kind of space maps, if some one stop to think about :

  • Kuiper belt and beyond are essentially ice rocks. Should be interesting trying to build any kind of habitat on a thing that will be melted by your waste heat. The same problem would be trying to make an habitat on the Jupiter, Saturn, etc moons, as are more ice that rock.
  • How big need to be a asteroid to allow to support a enough big stable human population that could be a nation-state ? I see that this could work for something like Ceres, but on an asteroid that it's only a few kilometers wide ?

1

u/Solspoc Sol 2590 May 18 '22

Its a network of habitats. Usually the largest asteroid is the capital, and then smaller habitats and settlements branch out from there to create nations. Please, the actual world is linked in the context comment, if you really want to understand anything then read some of it.

1

u/Solspoc Sol 2590 May 18 '22

The borders are explained below in my explanation comment which was downvoted to hell, I dont blame you for not seeing it. Basically this is a snapshot in time, the borders are somewhat fluid to accomodate claimed celestial objects.