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  • General, take a look at this.
  • Hm? What is it?
  • It's a planet. Just what do you intend to show me with this?
  • May I ask again why you're so interesting in this one? There are countless discarded planets, how is this any different?
  • It's been destroyed, sir. The species that lived here, the Homo Sapiens, as they call themselves, were victims to the Great Filter.
  • You see General, it seems that they have an immense surplus of carbon dioxide and ethane in their atmosphere. They used to have an ozone layer protecting themselves from their star's radiation, but it's been obliterated.
  • No, sir. They were the only dominating species throughout their entire reign; they harnessed the power coal and oil could give them until their planet became uninhabitable from the pollution. As for their motivation, it was their own greed for currency.
  • Because of whom? Was there a warring faction that decided to end it all? Have they had a hostile encounter with another species? Surely there must be something that forced them to do this?
  • Yes. It's strange, in my opinion. They voluntarily decided to continue releasing chemicals they know can harm themselves. There was a fair amount of resistance, but the majority didn't seem to budge.
  • Far enough to begin colonizing other planets in their solar system, General.
  • How far were they? In terms of their technology, I mean.
  • Did they have access to wind turbines? Or any renewable energy, for that matter?
  • Well yes, but after a disaster they abandoned it and turned back to oil and gas, General.
  • All of my sources say yes, they were fully aware. It all started when they noticed their ice caps were melting, Then the permafrost was withering away in their tundras, which released tremendous amounts of ethane. They kept digging themselves into a larger and larger hole when it was all gone until... this.
  • So despite the obvious warnings, they kept burning it. Did they even consider atomic energy?
  • That... It's sad how many species could have been so much more, but they were let down by their own stupidity. Their ignorance.
  • Did they even realize what they were doing to their own planet?
  • Of course, General.
  • General, it's been a while since I've seen your face that blue. Are you feeling alright?
  • That's what it says on the console.
  • The children must learn a lesson from this; The Fall of the Homo Sapiens, I can see the novel on shelves even now. Let us leave these sorry ruins. And for the data you have acquired, keep a backup. I will contact the novelist right away.
  • I'm quite fine; just needed to vent. These Homo Sapiens, they hadn't switched to anything other than than those harmful chemicals usually harnessed by infant civilizations.
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