A census for civilians and our civilisation

Interview with the ceo of SSL interstellar plc

Theta Region Articles on Popular Science Special (TRAPS):

First of all let me thank you for this interview. Rarely does a CEO of a company governing dozens of starsystems offer an interview for a science journal on a matter that could be considered by many as being of chiefly of scientific interest. This is just as unusual than the initiative to organize a galaxy-wide census, a project with an astrographic scope well beyond the region of operations of your company. What is the driving force that made SSL to launch this initiative?

Matt Corwen:

Humankind has come a long way from the beginnings of our ancient history. We learned to survive in adverse conditions, acquired an in depth knowledge of natural and economic sciences. We managed to colonize space, learned to combat outbreaks, now we can control economic cycles and provide our citizens with their needs, including food and shelter. Yet we have to witness famines, outbreaks, busts. All these should only appear in our history books.

If we have the knowledge to overcome all these but we can't put it to practice we do something wrong. As a company CEO I'm well aware of factors that lead to such deficiencies. It is the lack of management and coordination, together with failing to address issues at the proper level: local challenges in a local level and issues of a galactic scope at a civilization level.

Today, more than ever, we need to be prepared to threats and adversities on a galactic scale. Yet our knowledge of which and how many Galactic Citizens need specific help with their specific risks and problems are only known locally at best. We cannot improve our civil protection preparedness to potential military threats of alien species if we don't even know which specific human communities are potentially exposed to such risks, how many citizens they consist of and what assets can they already use in an emergency, which factions might they already rely on. This is only one albeit extremely important use of this tool essential to organize economic, health and civil protection activities among others.


Such a census is a sizeable operation and many could argue it is also an expensive one. What are the direct advantages it provides?

Matt Corwen:

There are numerous advantages. Using the example of alien or maybe human induced military threat we can have an inventory of exposed population and necessary equipment for a galactic scale civil protection organization to be established or for a mutual assistance programme in the lack of such a new agency. Contingency plans can be formulated based on these inventories and needs analyses. That would prevent unnecessary losses due to the lack of preparedness, lack of equipment and improvisation.

It would also assist in planning and coordination of overcoming outbreaks and unfavorable economic cycles, busts. One of the most important characteristics of the emerging humankind was cooperation. In this age information is a prerequisite of cooperation and coordination.

A very valuable "byproduct" of this census would be the improved visibility of active factions. Factions provide essential services to individuals supporting them. Factions make continuous efforts so that the individuals in their communities are safe, they are provided with basic services, and they can work in a stable economic environment. Factions channel individuals, creative energies and talents to form potent communities, constituting indispensable pillars of the future of Humanity. More than half of Human populated systems are governed by active factions and more than half of Humankind lives in these systems. The work and diligence of factions deserve recognition and support, their competition -as long as it relies on legal and ethical measures- should be considered a core driver of the development of Humankind.


With regard to factions, SSL Interstellar PLC is among those governing large population centres. Do you think it gives SSL an edge or it is a good measure of success?

Matt Corwen:

Neither the census nor the the service of the citizens is a competition. SSL has the hinterland of the corporation that provides an efficient framework for resolving a wide range of challenges the citizens of our systems of operation face. As we have the means to provide many citizens with security and welfare enjoying advantages of growth and our efficient and competitive corporate framework we feel obliged to extend these advantages and achievements to as much inhabitants of the Galaxy as possible.

That is the reason why we choose to operate in huge population centres so we do what we are best at and most members of Humankind can leverage of it. That is not to say this is the only strategy a faction dedicated to serve the Humankind can choose. It is not even superior to other strategies. We could not focus on our strengths without factions dedicated to develop remote or sparsely populated areas.

We are grateful for those factions who bravely colonise new sectors of previously uninhabited space and help building our common future that way. We make our humble contribution to all those important goals and efforts but most importantly we consider our complementary activities as one of our main strengths. We all perform different essential functions for Humankind and we all do it the most efficient way focusing on what we can do best.


When you mention coordination in civil protection or public health among other areas there is no current or authorized agency for these functions. What institutions should be tasked with these functions? Is SSL Interstellar PLC ready to step up and coordinate these areas on a galactic scale?

Matt Corwen:

SSL Interstellar PLC is dedicated to be a strong and proactive partner in the cooperation to coordinate these efforts. Our assets as well as the know-how accumulated in Theta Region Information Services are ready to be deployed for these noble goals. SSL, however, does not aim to coordinate other factions or government agencies.

We believe in cooperation and efficiency, not in subordination and power. We would like to be a part of a mutual support scheme of equal partners.

We believe, though, that major powers could combine their resources to set up a civil protection agency on a galactic scale. Those powers proved that they can erect a common institution for a common goal, and that institution proved that it might have a significant impact on human history, although whether such impact could be labeled as an achievement is dubious. We could provide pragmatic support for a civil protection agency, an initiative serving galactic citizens.


Thank you for the interview.

Matt Corwen:

Thank you for conveying our message to those we work for: Citizens of the Galaxy.