A Colorado man known only as “John D” started an online petition in November of 2012 on the “We The People” website to start the construction of a Death Star. The petition stated that “By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weaponry system such as the death star. the government can spur job creation in the fields of construction, engineering, space exploration and more, and strengthen our national defense.
The petition to build this massive space station from the popular Star Wars franchise received 34,345 signatures. 25,000 signatures are required to receive an official response from the White house on the “We The People” website, the number of signatures needed for a response has since been raised to a requirement of 100,000 as a result.
Paul Shawcross, the Chief of Science and Space Branch at the White House office of Management and Budget, wrote a humorous response to the petition entitled “This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For” The response was fanboy friendly and gave readers a good laugh by listing a few of the fictional space station’s flaws. “The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”