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On the Technological Advancement of the Pegasus Galaxy

So, for my own reference, I've decided to figure out the average technological advancement of the Pegasus galaxy.

As I determined in On the Energy Potential of Faith and Worship, there are 11,687 populated planets in Pegasus, with just under a billion combined human inhabitants. (See below for the maths, for skip down a couple of paragraphs.)




Now, we learn in "The Kindred, Part 1" that the Hoffan Plague will kill approximately 200,000 people on 8 planets despite a 30% mortality rate - meaning that the average population for each of these worlds is 83,333 people.

Now how many inhabited planets are there in Pegasus? The Drake equation would suggest 10,000 planets, But with a Pegasus-style Stargate, up to 1,168,675,200 in-galaxy addresses are possible. Assuming that only 0.01% of all addresses lock, that still means there are 116,868 Stargates in Pegasus. Assuming that onl 10% of these are inhabited, that still leaves us with 11,687 populated planets in Pegasus.

Doing the math, that's means there are about 973,912,771 people in Pegasus - which is still less than a seventh of Earth's total population. We will round it up to 1 billion for mathematical purposes.



Now, how do we determine the technological advancement of a culture? I shall, by default, go by European/Western standards, because that's what I know of. So if I were to say "this planet has 15th century levels of advancement," I'm thinking of Europe in the 15th century. I was raised in America. That is how I was educated. But, given the multiple paths that lead to the same levels of advancement (Calculus was invented independently by two separate people, remember), I acknowledge that any number of exceptions can be made to this rule, and that an alien culture might exhibit some aspects that were lacking in, say, Europe in the 15th century and/or lack others that were prominent there at that time. It is an average.

Teyla did have that fire-making thing back in "Rising," remember.

That being said, I do think that the average level of development in Pegasus is at about 15th Century Europe. There is only 1 Hoff we ever see, and certainly only 1 Genia. So if, say, we consider dawn-of-the-atomic-age Genia to be our far end of the spectrum, then I'd like to invite your attention to the graph below:


If we consider the "mean score" on the graph to be "1450 AD", then the "+1" on the graph would be the end of the 15th Century, or "1500 AD", and the "-1" would be "1400 AD." 68% of the planets in Pegasus would fall into this 15th century marker - 7,947 planets. The space were "+3" should be would be Genia at "1945 AD", making the "+2" at about "1750 AD". Counting backwards, "-2" would be about "1200 AD" and "-3" would be at about "1000 AD" levels of advancement.

Meaning that for every Genia, there is 1 planet at "1000 AD" levels of advancement. There are approximately 234 planets at development levels somewhere between "1000 AD" and "1200 AD" - but there are also the same number falling between "1750 AD" and "1945 AD" levels of development, including Hoff. The rest - 1,636 each - fall between "1200 AD" and "1400 AD" or "1500 AD" and "1750 AD".

What does this mean? Well, if we consider the invention of the cotton gin to be a sign of advancement, then considering it was invented in the west in 1793, we can say approximately 870 planets are "advanced". But if you consider the printing press of 1439 to be the hallmark of advancement, then just over half the planets are advanced.

Actually, this is probably incredibly simplistic and wrong. Plugging these numbers into a bell curve (grade) calculator, I got this:



234 students should receive an A with a score between 1945 and 1926.1.
1,636 students should receive a B with a score betwen 1926.1 and 1793.8.
7,947 students should receive a C with a score between 1793.8 and 1151.2.
1,636 students should receive a D with a score between 1151.2 and 1018.9.
234 students should receive an F with a score between 1018.9 and 1000.


Which is about the same, in some respects. Needless to say, Hoffs and Genias are the rare 234s, where places like Athos - which fall in the C category here - are the average.

There is a point to this. I'm not sure what it is, but it's most likely clothing related.