Mercury rotates 3 times for every 2nd orbit around the sun, if I remember correctly. It could be feasible for deep subterranean facilities to exist, and since the energy gained from solar collectors would be incredible, it could be a good base for high-return industries that require enormous amounts of power. The facilities could be manned on a fly-in, fly-out basis when the heat build up in the facilities are too great.
Venus, well, if they have invested the time and money into terraforming Mars, perhaps some radical gas-farming and compression in the atmosphere of Venus has been achievable enough to make habitation viable?
I think I recall EE mentioning over at the CBG that the Venusian colonies float above the heavier parts of the atmosphere and avoid a lot of the nastiness, of course, I'm sure EE could tell you about them himself better than I could.
Sorry for not replying in a timely manner, I have been quite busy with midterms and papers the last few weeks. Let me first say, Thank you to all of you for responding to my humble map. I appreciate all of your comments! :)
Attached to this post is an updated map which implemented many of your amazing suggestions! Let me know what you think : )
Will do! :)
Originally Posted by jtougas
Hmm, I have toyed with that very idea. In my latest update, I'll put a few test flags in :)
Originally Posted by Diamond
Thanks! :) I've always loved the Island 3 Orbital Colony, I really felt compelled to use it as the base construction type for my Colony Clusters :)
Originally Posted by wormspeaker
The people who live on Mercury are fanatical Sun worshipers, who believe in shedding their mortal forms and transferring their consciousness to an artificial body. They then go to Mercury and live with in the bowls of the planet, awaiting their turn to walk on the surface and become one with God. Normal people stay far away Mercury. :)
Originally Posted by Omnigeek6
As for Venus, the planet was colonized with massive floating cities utilizing the concept that balloons filled with breathable air would remain buoyant in the dense Venusian atmosphere. The cities hover around 50 km over the surface. The concept is described in much more detail here :)
Very true. The initial impetus for trying to, at least, set up facilities on the planet were based on the idea of tapping the massive energy produced by the sun. Sadly, a single solar-system-wide government (facing budget cuts to support the construction of both Atlantis and the construction of a new Colony Cluster at the EL-3 point) did not see the value in continued funding. The facilities that had been created were (eventually) taken over by fanatical Sun worshipers. In the present day, none of the (now) independent countries within the solar system are keen on the idea of exterminating a cult filled with mechanical cultists who are willing to fight to the last man for the protection of their holy city. Better to let sleeping dogs lie and avoid a (fairly) needless war.
Originally Posted by Ryan K
Thank you very much! :)
Originally Posted by spiderfate
That pretty much covers it :D
Originally Posted by TheMeanestGuest