Author Archive: Mordanicus

The Treaty of Voorburg

This piece is just a sketch, written as part of the background behind my other works and nothing about is considered as definite.

From “The History of the Mirandan War (2115-2147)”:

The Treaty of Voorburg (2147) marked the formal end of the conflict regarding the mining of Helium-3 from Uranus. Though Elynesia and its allies had already forced the FAR to end all hostilities in mid-2145, peace negotiations did not start until late 2146. Continue reading →

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Political parties in Elynesia

The Republic of Elynesia a multi-party, representative democracy. As previously pointed out the main political divide is between internalists and externalists. The main political parties in Elynesia are: Continue reading →

Taxation in Elynesia

As stated previously the Republic of Elynesia has no income tax. This raises, of course, the question how a relative big government is being able to fund its activities. Continue reading →

Elynesian politics: left and right

As stated previously the main dividing line in Elynesian politics is the distinction between internalists and externalists, a divide that results of the debate between the proponents of import substition industrialization and those of export-oriented industrialization during the formative years of the Republic of Elynesia. Continue reading →

Robot brains?

I have to admit I am rather skeptical about the prospects of AI, in particular of strong AI. Though I believe that AI will continue to improve, I don’t expect any computer even coming close to the capabilities of the human brain within the next few centuries. Automation and machine learning will become increasingly important but robots that can replace humans on a one-to-one base, I consider that to be unlikely. Continue reading →

Floating cities

Vincent Callebaut designed what he calls Lilypads or a floating ecopolis to house climate refugees. As the name suggests this seasteading design is based on ecological principles and Callebaut is one of the few seasteading advocates without an obvious link to libertarianism.

According to Callebaut the Lilypad could be home to 50,000 people and will produce more energy than it consumes. As I have discussed before, this maritime excess energy could be used to produce synthetic fules, which could be exported.

Brexit blues

It is clear beyond any doubt that the UK is currently suffering a severe constitutional crisis. Today a Scottish court has ruled that the current suspension of the UK parliament is unlawful.

In short the highest court of Scotland, the Inner House of the Court of Session, beliefs that the Johnson administration is prorogued parliament for the wrong reason, i.e. to prevent it from scrutinizing its actions.

This is an unique and highly unusual move as prorogation is a normal part of the British political system but such a suspension usually only lasts for a couple of days not for five whole weeks as now.

Additionally the new law prohibiting a no-deal Brexit passed against Johnson’s wishes, might eventually lead him being thrown in jail – if he would violate it.

Assuming that the UK survives Brexit, it almost certainly that the law on prorogation will be reformed – in a similar fashion as the Fixed-Term Parliament Act – by providing strict rules and limitation on when and for how long Parliament could be prorogued.

Elynesian politics

Though I will readily admit that I am pretty vague about the constitutional framework of the Republic of Elynesia in my stories – with only a few references to the country’s Senate and the fact that Elynesia is a federal republic – it does not mean that politics does not matter. Actually my fiction set in this universe is deeply political, despite I am not talking much about their institutions. Continue reading →

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Underground farming

This video is about a London underground farm. With increasing urbanization and a growing world population agricultural land is becoming scarce.

However, by using LED technology it is possible to grow plants beneath the surface (or in buildings). The nice thing of LED is that they can produce light at the frequencies that plants actually need and hence avoiding waste energy on other frequencies.