[My players are cordially invited to stay away from this thread ;-) ] In my game setting, the characters have become involved with the fate of Tanzania. A sizable fraction of Tanzanians are in cold storage, lugged around by a lobbyist representing the infomorph cabinet running in his attaché case. Thanks to some deft lobbying, a Titan microcorp has reached an agreement to try to build them a homeland. The plan is to make a fork of a stalled Hamilton cylinder project (see the Construction section of http://www.aleph.se/EclipsePhase/Habitat.pdf for more details), build server farms where the Tanzanians can work, and control the key nanoconstruction "by hand" - it is audacious, and crazy enough to work. If it succeeds, Tanzania will exist in a prime real estate Hamilton cylinder and the microcorp will have earned amazing rep with its improved construction software. Now I am interested in hearing your ideas for events and adventures around this project. The most obvious issue is open source politics. The originators of the habitat software are not too happy about this inelegant fork and the nearly-for-profit microcorp, and will no doubt try to show that their approach is better. Any ideas from real-world open source movement on how this may play out? Another issue is preservationism of Saturn's rings. Building a Hamilton cylinder might affect their natural beauty (they are just a few meters thick, and gobbling up ice to get the tholins will cause fragments to shift orbits until they settle down). The computational substrate for the Tanzanians better be very safe. The chief engineer (a PC) happens to be from Firewall, so there will be some secret help to guarantee no seed AI. The fact that she happens to be an AGI with secret seed ambitions might be a bit more troubling... How will the politics of Tanzania unfold? Many Tanzanians elsewhere have dropped the obsolete nationalism and gone autonomist, something the politicians dislike. Many citizens will wake up to a completely changed world, and maybe not even accept the fine goal set for them by their politicians. There is going to be plenty of friction between different political views here, both within and outside the nation. What are the stages of building a Hamilton cylinder? What can go wrong in interesting ways? Who else might want to get in on the project or interfere? Oversight agents that want to counteract outer system "sweatshop technology"? Jovian agitators arguing the Tanzanians have a right to sleeve into a natural body in a natural environment? Other nationalists, eager to try to build their own nations? Sponsoring gerontocrats playing chessgames? Ultimates offering to act as an outsourced army? Anarchists unwilling to let the virus of nationalism appear in their utopian Saturn system?