A friend recommended I post this question here – said I’d be more likely to get a useful response than, say, from Reddit.
My question is: How would a nuclear explosions operate in the cold, hard vacuum that is Traveller space combat?
Battlestar: Galactica and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED both portrayed nuclear weapons (or fusion/fission technology in general) in an outer-space environment. In one episode of BS:G, the Galactica gets nailed by a thermonuclear warhead that managed to penetrate its curtain of defensive fire, but (to my surprise) the ship survived being crippled or destroyed outright.
I’ve been digging into MgT-2 over the last few months. Its hard science fiction approach reminds me of The Expanse. The more I dig into it, I find myself daydreaming about the reality of combat in space. No atmosphere to conduct sound, so combat is mostly quiet; ship attack from long distances takes minutes, even longer at extreme ranges. Combat in a hard-sci environment takes on some qualities I’m not used to in most sci-fi settings, and I like it.
How does Traveller handle such considerations? As far as I’ve managed to peruse, the combat system handles conventional weaponry, but doesn’t go into some of the effectively environmental effects of non-conventional occurrences – like the detonation of a fissionable warhead. I have a few specifics I’d like to get some insight on:
- How would a vacuum affect a nuclear explosion (or, really, any explosion)? Would the lack of atmosphere cause it to snuff out sooner? For a nuclear blast, which stages of the detonation/fallout would experience significant change? Would the effective blast radius be likely shrink or expand?
- Would the shockwave from a nuclear blast travel far through a vacuum, or would it exist at all? In general situations, I believe you’d see an explosion but hear and feel nothing; with something of this magnitude, is that still true? Is space truly a vacuum through which nothing can transmit?
- Traveller considers radiation exposure in open space as fairly harmful over short periods of time; without the proper shielding, space travel over long periods of time is extremely hazardous, and space walks without protective layering are reckless. Would the radiation released from a nuclear explosion be more or less considerable in a vacuum?
I appreciate your consideration, and any insightful answers (or even hypothesis) would be fantastic. Direction towards rules, homebrew solutions, specific examples, or just some theorycrafting would be great!
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Namibia is a post-Apartheid nation and has been independent of South Africa for nearly 30 years.
However huge imbalances of wealth and ownership remain.
In Namibia, the tourist industry accounts for something like 15% of Namibia’s GDP, and nearly 20% of employment. The industry is heavily based on land ownership – the places where tourists stay and spend their money tend to be on privately-owned land.
Namibia suffered centuries of colonial subjugation, including the forcible removal of native people from the land and much, much worse, followed by Apartheid. One legacy if this is that very visibly, the vast majority of the tourist industry is owned by white people with European names, who employ black people (who serve mostly white tourists).
(In addition, historically, a large proportion of Namibia’s GDP has left the country through the foreign ownership of industry, though I don’t know to what extent this affects the tourist industry.)
What would be good ways for a foreign traveller in Namibia to help ensure as far as possible that the money they spend as tourists remains in the country, and that it supports businesses that are not just locally-owned, but also owned by historically disadvantaged segments of the population?