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Old October 8 2012, 02:22 PM   #1511
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Re: TheGodBen Revisits Deep Space Nine

So, in 6 or 7 generations, 48 people become 8,000. That's pretty impressive population growth. And you have to factor in that only a third of the crew at most are women, and one of them dies, so that only leaves around 15 women to 33 men.

Exponential growth. and decent lifespan can do it.

Lets say you have 3 generations alive at one time. And assuming there is no cloning or use of artificial wombs or what not.

Avg 4 children per woman
Gen 1 - 48 (15 woman)
gen 2 - 60 (30 woman)
Gen 3- 120 (60 woman)
Gen 4 - 240 (120 woman)
Gen 5 - 480 (240 woman)
Gen 6 - 960 )480 woman)
Gen 7 - 1920 (960 woman)
Gen 8 - 3840 (1920 woman)
Gen 9 - 7680 (3840 woman)

If generation 8 is born, then you only need 1280 of generation 9 or older generations still alive to get to 8,000, and if you have a general goal of baby production, with plenty of land to support food production, 4 is a low number per woman. (I used it since it doubles the population each generation.
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