Brainstorm – How would you, Mr. Galactic Emperor, attack a solar system.

May 19, 2008

I’m working on a storyline and I have some interesting ideas about how I would attack a solar system.  I want to hear yours.

I have some basic ground rules.

  1. Adhere, in general, to Einsteinian rules of the road.
    1. some leeway with interstellar travel (wormholes etc.) but within the confines of the solar system nada mucho.
  2. You want to conquer not obliterate.
  3. You are not a god, you can’t just use all the energy of seven nearby stars to encapsulate the solar system or some other “Q” level power.
  4. Assume a moderate level of human solar system colonization.
    1. A couple million or more on mars.
    2. some in the asteroids.
    3. some further out.
  5. If you take too long, we’re gonna fight back.

What would be your battle plan, how would you conquer those totally weak humans and make them your vassals.



  1. Lots of EMP weapons to knock out the core infrastructure, then – as the native society is destroying itself in the ensuing chaos – swoop in with the prospect of salvation.

  2. The soft attack – economics! Set up some huge fabricator in the asteroid belt and start churning out all the cool stuff the humans haven’t invented yet. They’ll be begging you to step in and fix stuff, and offering to pay you as part of the bargain. Bloodless coup, no problemo. 😉

  3. To avoid a lengthy and costly occupation, you need to get the humans on side. Use an overwhelming display of force – slam a comet into Mars at relativistic speed, for example – then announce you’re willing to discuss terms. Let the humans police themselves.

  4. All good ideas. I like the Shock and Awe idea, but I’m not sure that would exactly work. I think, faced with a threat like that we could combine our technologies and prevent a catastrophe.

    I was thinking about softening up the planet and surrounding solar system colonies with gamma ray lasers built on top of essentially a massive capacitor.

    You could make them small, unmanned and cheap. Place them outside of the confines of the solar system and take potshots at your victims for an extended period of time.

    The fire rate would be suuuper slow, but who cares.

    Once they’ve done the work of reducing defenses to nil, bring in the invasion forces. You always have the ability to use them again.

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