Trans-Neptunian Frame Story: Data-haven in the outer solar system

picture of largest known trans-neptunian objects

Orcus has as much surface area as Kazakhstan, the 9th largest country on Earth. Its moon Vanth has about as much surface area as the United Kingdom (78th largest).

I think I’ll start with Orcus 90482,
and Remyu treading over the ice,
stopping at the (solid) tholin ocean,
and staring up at the sky,
seeing the blue star, a planet called Gaia (Earth).

She then wirelessly reaches back home,
where Lrihu maintains the base,
and asks for an archive story.

As she waits, she mentions how “the inner planets, always
boiling in turmoil, in the heat of their passion, forget the
lessons of yore. The wise ones, they send Orcus and Pluto sister dwarf planet data-havens, their stories, for cold storage.”

orbits of orcus, neptune and pluto

Orbits of 90482 Orcus (blue line, black sphere), Pluto (red line, brown sphere) and Neptune (grey line). Orcus and Pluto are dwarf-planets, plutinos with nearly opposite orbits.

“sometimes in times of great need, when negotiations are tough,
they say ‘let the cold ones decide, they have not our heat nor our politics
to mire their judgments, as cold and efficient as the
superconductors that make up their minds they respond.'”
The temperature on Orcus is less than -230C.

The cold temperatures, and the fact that trans-neptunian objects are so far from all the “happening” of the inner planets makes them wonderful data havens. Orcus is even better than Pluto because Pluto is larger, and more likely to be involved as a hoping point out of the solar system, or other politics.   Orcus being on the opposite side of Neptune gives it “out of sight, out of mind” status.
This way it can be like a thousand and one nights, a famous frame story, but for stories all across the solar system, over many centuries, as a single year on Orcus is 245 earth years.

Then she may go on and say, “Often it is the winners that tell
the tale, but a few send us their side of the story, before their
lights flicker out.”

One calculation I’ll need to make is a realistic timeline for
space exploration, so I’ll be doing that soon.

The frame story will help assure the readers that no matter how bleak things may look,  and even though the present character may not survive, there is a successful future, from which the stories are being read.

Another nice thing about Orcus is the large amounts of tholins on it’s surface, which protect it from UV radiation, are a potential source of energy, carbon and other minerals.  So we could expect for Remyu, Lrihu and their base to be carbon-based life forms.  Magnesium-Diboride MgB2 is a superconductor they could use in the temperatures of their dwarf-planet.  Likely they would engage in trade with inner planets, providing data haven and advisory services in exchange for heavy metals and other elements which are scarce in the outer reaches of the solar system.  They might even be happy to accept radioactive waste as payment, since it is a valuable source of heat and heavy metals.

Remyu is teaching a class of Homo Sapien Aquaticus descendants,
who live in the mantle of Orcus, their fresh vigour and curiosity brings her joy.
The mantle stays liquid and warm, in part thanks to the generous contributions of the inner planets.

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