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Reminds me of Trantor, the capital planet of the empire in Asimov's Foundation series... It was a planet city, completely terraformed to host up to 20 billion people, iirc. It required the food and metal production of dozens of planets to sustain... but when the empire could keep up with the increasing energy required to keep the system in balance, it started to slowly disappear...

Eventually, Trantor recovered its original appearance as merchants sold all its metal back to the galaxy.

Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine

by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Thu Nov 1st, 2007 at 09:00:31 AM EST

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