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“This station is now the ultimate power in the universe!”

It’s a Trap: Emperor Palpatine’s Poison Pill by Zachary Feinstein [.PDF]
In this paper we study the financial repercussions of the destruction of two fully armed and operational moon-sized battle stations (“Death Stars”) in a 4-year period and the dissolution of the galactic government in Star Wars. The emphasis of this work is to calibrate and simulate a model of the banking and financial systems within the galaxy. Along these lines, we measure the level of systemic risk that may have been generated by the death of Emperor Palpatine and the destruction of the second Death Star. We conclude by finding the economic resources the Rebel Alliance would need to have in reserve in order to prevent a financial crisis from gripping the galaxy through an optimally allocated banking bailout.
via: Popular Science [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 2, 2015 - 38 comments

On the (Anti-) Matter of Planet Destruction

So you want to make a Death Star? You want to destroy a planet like Alderan? There are several theories. But the latest hinges on a simple matter of "neutral antimatter."
posted by cross_impact on Sep 19, 2014 - 32 comments

There are no humans in Star Wars.

Every Human in Star Wars is Really a Humanoid Bee by Max Gladstone. [via]
posted by quin on May 11, 2014 - 30 comments

This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For

US citizens petitioned the White House to "secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016" (previously). The White House (or, more specifically, Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget) responded.
posted by capricorn on Jan 11, 2013 - 66 comments

Borg Cube vs Death Star

Borg Cube vs Death Star ...Let's hear for the geometric learning aids of the Cosmos, a big sphere and a big cube. Yay!
posted by Deathalicious on Apr 4, 2012 - 121 comments

That's No Moon

This article aims to investigate the first ‘Death Star’ from the ‘Star Wars’ film series and how much energy it would require to destroy a planet.
posted by veedubya on Jan 16, 2012 - 79 comments

The deathstar trench run minecraft style

Minecraft - Star Wars - Death Star Run, and the making of.
posted by AElfwine Evenstar on Dec 4, 2011 - 22 comments

The economics of Death Star planet destruction.

Furthermore, let’s remember that Alderaan isn’t gone. It’s just blown up. Suddenly all the metallic elements that were languishing away in the planetary core are floating around in the void, ripe for the plucking. And anyone who can plausibly claim to have owned them is dead. You can build a lot of Death Stars with that much tungsten. Well, not even a lot—but maybe one.
The Overthinking It Think Tank takes a look at “the economic calculus behind the Empire’s tactic of A) building a Death Star, B) intimidating planets into submission with the threat of destruction, and C) actually carrying through with said destruction if the planet doesn’t comply.” [more inside]
posted by kipmanley on Apr 29, 2011 - 78 comments

You're all drones! Especially the drones!

Jedis hate our way of life. (SLYT) (and yes, Clerks did kinda get there first.)
posted by Shepherd on Sep 25, 2009 - 21 comments

I can't wait 'til this thing is fully operational

A convention centre you say? Gosh, I wonder what sort of convention might want to turn up to a building like this?
posted by NinjaTadpole on May 22, 2007 - 21 comments

The Empire will Rise Again!

Tatooine Not Destroyed. Yoda Stuns Buffalo. New Death Star Built.
posted by grateful on Jul 14, 2005 - 25 comments

On the implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor.

On the implausibility of the Death Star's Trash Compactor. [From McSweeney's]
posted by adrober on Jan 10, 2002 - 45 comments

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