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Well, these fast reproducing animals could have been bioenginereed in the dark age of technology, so why not. Fact is: agriworlds are meant to export the food they produce, a large human population will feed on the planet's production leaving less for the export.
Usually the agriworld population is kept at the minimum necessary to tend the crops and cattle. So the population cannot be much large, but the majority of it (several millions) could be concentrated in the sea hive so all the land can be occupied by the elephant cattle farms, these beasts must need to eat tons of food every day !
I'm afraid you are trying my patience, Twitchy. This is probably the 5th inane topic I've seen from you, with next to no substance, message, or even proper question. Your topics need to have some kind of goal, and some kind of actual question - also some detail would help, i.e. why exactly would these fish and elephant-like creatures have a bearing on the amount of life on the planet? What is a "large" population? 8 billion? 80 billion? And a hive city on the sea? You really think a floating hive city could support an entire population?Originally Posted by Twitchy
I am giving you one more chance to improve your contribution to this forum. I will leave this topic open and perhaps you can surprise me. But if not, I will be closing this and seriously considering putting a mod preview on all of your posts - less as a punishment and more as a learning process.
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1. Agri-worlds never have a large population. Just as many farmers and mutant slaves as are required to keep things going. They ship their food to hive worlds, which have huge populations but can't produce any food (beyond mushrooms and a few private hydroponic farms in the spire I'd guess.)
2. Elephants which reproduce like rats and sharks which reproduce like guppies would require massive, massive ammounts of food to do so. In fact, farming these elephants and fish would be infinately less efficient than just growing crops or algae which can then be rendered down to nutrient pastes. Not very tasty, but much more efficient.
You do get Floating Hives they talk about them in Necromunda (or possibly the old Confrontation rules can't remember) occasionally the supports collapse which is obviously fatal for the populus. When you say reproduce like rats do mean there are millions of them?
Originally Posted by Twitchy
1. As stated above, agri worlds typically do not have a large population since so much of their land and often sea mass is devoted to crop raising. While it could be argued that much of the population could live underground or in similarly high density areas to counteract this, one thing that should be remembered is that a large population also consumes a lot of the food being produced.
Basically, an agri world as defined by the Imperial administratum exports most of its food products, so if you have a world thats devoted to growing food, but doesn't export much of it due to its high population its not an agri world.
2. Again, as stated above, it is typically more efficient to raise plants rather than animals, but people still do for a variety of reasons. I am sure that on some planets in the Imperium it is possible that large animals and planets are raised/hunted/trapped ect. for food. I am not sure that they would strictly speaking be called agri worlds then, as the defining point is the word agriculture which refers to growing plants.
Animal husbandry(the practise of raising animals for use as food or other use), fishing, hunting and trapping may take place on agri worlds as well as crop raising, but if they are the only activity being carried out then it is not an agri world per se.
3. There are doubtless hive cities built on, above, in and below water in the Imperium. It is a big empire in a moderately sized galaxy.
In other words this involves more space and more human inhabited planets then most of us are able to concieve of. Again, such cities are not likely on an agriworlds due to the need for both a small and scattered population(to manage the crops).
4. Please avoid run on sentences as they make it difficult (as stated above) to determine what your question actually is.
5. On a personal note, I am not sure that the location (ie: A country that Arabs hate) you give yourself in your profile is that appropriate to an open and public forum.
While I hate to get into political debates on such a forum, I have to say that unless you have met every single human being of Arab descent who has given your their personal opinion on your country (whatever that might be, though I could take a guess.), such a statement is uniformed at best and at worst inflamatory.
While I can certainly sympathise with any feelings you have on the subject given the conflicts both presently going on and in the past, I can't condone such a blanket statement.
I have to ask would you be happy seeing a similar statement on someone else's profile? (Ie: (insert name here) country hates Arabs)? I think that you would feel that such a statement was too all encompasing, pointing out that it was certain individuals/groups/leaders or perhaps even countries that actually felt your ire rather than an entire group of people.
This is not me speaking as a moderator, but only as a private individual. Probably something I should have just sent via PM as well since it is obviously me stating my own world views rather than something devoted to the hobby.
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Off topic I know but....Originally Posted by Grey
Very good point and one I was thinking of raising myself. Incidentally what classification would planets which mainly concern themselves with animal husbandry for export get?