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Old December 27 2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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Re: What does a New colony need?

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Growing flora and fauna does not require a powerful energy source, a replicator does.
There's this big fusion reactor called "the sun" that is pretty heavily involved there - perhaps you've heard of it?
Collecting enough solar energy to run a replicator might require a fairly extensive array. The two large replicators on the Enterprise were powered by a antimatter reactor, and on at least one occasion the replicator require so much power the ship couldn't go to warp.

A limited output replicator might be powered by the sun, but a "full use" replicator might not reasonable be able too.

I can't see any reason why, just looking at the way the technology is supposed to work, you can't replicate seeds ...
As I understand it, a replicator can not produce living things, seeds (viable ones) are living things.

It would be like replicating a fertile chicken egg, and then having it hatch, the replicator just can't do it.

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