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txlibdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-02-11 11:39 PM
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133. Now we're getting somewhere
Edited on Mon May-02-11 11:45 PM by txlibdem
I'll take the figure of $244 Billion US because it's silly to think that you have to have two ships when one can just return to port every 6 months to pick up supplies: you wouldn't really need two fleets.

Now we just have to figure out how much it's going to cost to rebuild the devastated areas in the Fukushima area.
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By Carsten Germis, Henning Peitsmeier and John Ritter

23rd March 2011 2011-03-23 ​​19:28:00

In Japan faces enormous costs. The Japanese government estimates that by the devastating earthquake two weeks ago, reconstruction costs of fees of up to 25 trillion yen (217 billion euros). /My note: that is $322 Billion US at this moment.

...snip...

Only in the most heavily devastated provinces of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the cost of rebuilding the infrastructure and destroyed buildings to 12.7 trillion yen to be estimated.

...from http://economicsnewspaper.com/policy/german/earthquake-...
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So a little over half goes to those 3 provinces, $161 Billion US. Uh-oh, I might be in trouble because some of that has to go to Iwate and Miyagi provinces and I only calculated the number of evacuees from Fukushima as 120,000.

HuffPo says there are 140,000 evacuees from the exclusion zone around Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushimi Daini.
...from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/12/japan-nuclear-...

Great! Now I've got less cash and more people to accommodate on the floating city. If I fudge the math and say that half of the $161 B goes to build the floating cities ($80 B) then I'll have to cut some salaries of the top brass in order to fit all this into the budget.

But how much will the floating cities actually cost? Do they need all of the same expensive stuff that an aircraft carrier needs? Not really. That should make them cheaper. Here's a company that is developing a ship designed for just that purpose but based on the cruise ship model which they call a "seastead":
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How much will seasteads cost?

The Seasteading Institute commissioned marine engineering firm Marine Innovation & Technology to design Clubstead, a prototype seastead design. Clubstead has 368,200 ft^2 of room space for 200 guests with staff quarters to accommodate up to 70 people. The total estimated price tag: $114,333,000. Their estimates suggest that Clubstead can be built at a cost of $311/ft2 of usable space, roughly comparable to real estate costs in cities like San Francisco and New York.

...from http://seasteading.org/about-seasteading/top-10-questio...
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That's $114 million for 270 people. But we have 140,000 so we'll need 518 of these. Ignoring any efficiencies of scale and fluctuations in costs from building the first to the last, we can simply multiply $114 million by 518 to get the total cost: $59,224,494,000 ($59 Billion US).

So I couldn't build them all US-class aircraft carriers but I could build them cruise ships and have $21 Billion left over ($80 Billion - 59 Billion). Maybe I'll buy a few helicopters to fly the passengers around, or some speed boats for water sports and visits to see the land lubbers?

Well, it looks like I might just earn that honorary Vice-Admiral title after all.

/edit to correct math error: 322 / 2 is 161, not 166: definitely bed time for this guy.
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