This is one of the online assignments we did on this course:
The students worked in twos (occasionally threes) and drew up an Energy plan for their imaginary country.
Janina, Meri ja Noora
population: 289 666
area: 3513 square kilometres
population per square metre: 82
main livelihoods: male 93, female 102
official languages: Hungarian, Slovak
The economic situation isn’t very good at the moment because we don’t get any gas from our biggest resource provider the all mighty mother Russai. We live mainly on rural productions such as herding livestock, farming land and selling furs to neighbor countries and exporting them to western Eulope. Boraslavia isn’t an industrial country yet so most of the people live in the countryside.
We produce energy from coal and import gas and oil from Russai. The coal production is at early levels because of the economic difficulties. Gas and oil are pricy so it’s not that beneficial to the economy. Coal heat is much more effective instead.
We should try nuclear energy. We are trying to get big international companies to invest in a nuclear power plant. But then there is the waste.
Otto , Julius & Lauri
Area: Total 675km2
Population: 3 000 000
Gross Domestic Product: Per Capita 100K
Most important income of Pururuu is minerals such as gold and uranium. The geographic figures of Pururuu are beneficial to mining industry. For example there exist lots of wide rocky areas in this small island located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Because Pururuu is located near water is fishing favorable and of the main livelihoods along with mining.
Today the most used energy source of Pururuu is atomic energy since the small island produces huge amounts of uranium. It is good, since there is an easy access to the materials, because of the amount of uranium and plutonium in Pururuu. But in the future the uranium sources are going to hit the end of the road. The small country has to develop new energy sources. Also wave energy is used utilizing the monstrous waves in the Pacific Ocean. This usage of water is an ecofriendly way of producing energy. The only negative point in wave energy is disturbing fishing and ocean ecosystem. For example since the island is in the middle of the ocean it´s a very windy area. Wind energy is renewable and an ecofriendly way to produce energy, but it needs a lot of space and some money too. They aren´t attractive as a part of the landscape neither. Also the nature provides some new ways of producing energy such as peat. Peat is a good option when the ground is highly nutritious. It is also a renewable energy source. But it takes a lot of time to grow and mixes up the ecosystem.
Nowadays nuclear energy is the best and cheapest option to produce energy but in future it will be usage of bioenergy.
Lauri and Liina
Our king has decided to use only fossil energy because our great country has plenty of them. Gas, oil, coal you name it we got it. There are so many resources we can sell it to our allies such as the United States of America. We are the world’s leading oil producer and it grants us a lot of money. Everybody knows the cons of our policy on energy, but our loving king decided in all his wisdom that it’s just propaganda from our hostile neighbor South-Gaytar.
Our king is so wise that he knows we need to figure out new ways to produce energy. That’s why our almighty king has ordered the scientists to develop fission energy. Our powerful army is also going to take over the nuclear plants in South-Gaytar to provide longer lasting resources.
Aleksi and Pietari