A petition ‘We The People’ stands for construction of the universe’s ultimate weapon as a way to boost the economy.
The Death Star was Darth Vader and the Empire’s weapon in the famous franchise Star Wars. But if the U.S. will create the galactic means to protect itself and to improve uts economy?
The petition was created by the White House administration as a forum that promises official responses to petitions with at least 25,000 signatures, Mashable reports. 1,600 people have already signed it and Dec. 14 is a deadline.
People who petitioned believe that the ultimate weapon will be a force of job creation – and not just for rebels seeking to destroy it.
“By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a Death Star, the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering [and] space exploration,” the petition reads.
However, the document doesn’t provide any estimates on how much the project will cost or how long it will take to construct a large military battlestation, but the backers hope to begin construction by 2016.
A study earlier this year conducted by economics students at Lehigh University estimated that for construction more than a quadrillion tons of steel would require and about 800,000 years to manufacture.
“We decided to model the Death Star as having a similar density in steel as a modern warship,” the students said at the time.
“After all, they’re both essentially floating weapons platforms so that seems reasonable.”
They went on, adding: “Building a massive space weapon is all very well, but you have to find the materials to build it with.”
The Telegraph writes that a Death Star would cost 13,000 times the world’s GDP or £541,261 trillion, to supply the steel for such a structure while labour and other construction costs would send the price even higher.
“Before you go off to start building your apocalyptic weapon, do bear in mind two things,” the researchers suggest.
“Firstly, the two billion death stars is mostly from the Earth’s core, which we would all really rather you didn’t remove.”
“Secondly, at today’s rate of steel production (1.3 billion tonnes annually), it would take 833,315 years to produce enough steel to begin work,” the students added.
“So once someone notices what you’re up to, you have to fend them off for 800 millennia before you have a chance to fight back.”
The petition which is gaining its popularity in recent time has also heard less practical, although oddly popular, ideas like planet-destroying space stations and secession.
Following Barack Obama’s win on last Tuesday’s presidential elections, several petitions surfaced requesting the Obama administration grant the applied state to allow their states to secede from the U.S. in order to create their own government.
Louisiana was the first state to file a petition followed by Texas. The list of states requested the withdrawal includes Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee.