The citizens of Vulcan in Alberta Canada want to boldly go where no one has gone before by building their very own, fully functional U.S.S. Enterprise.
Construction on what would be a working version of the famous Star Trek starship would create 10,000 jobs and transform the small community into “the gateway to the future.”
The small catch? Well, all they need to do is to raise $2 billion -- that's enough Latinum to make Quark cry! -- during the next two months.
A promotional video claims that “This is the perfect location to build the USS Enterprise.”
But there’s another catch, you guys. It’s that the U.S.S. Enterprise project is actually a marketing ploy launched this month by the Canadian Badlands in order to attract tourists to the “breathtaking” southern Alberta region. In other words: NOT REAL.
The campaign has been hosted on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo with intricate diagrams, research and explanations as to the kind of technology needed to make this outrageous dream a reality. The total cost of such an endeavor if it had been real? A whopping $1.132 trillion and more than 40 years of very hard work.
More than 40 enthusiastic Trekkies have already donated to the campaign in order to build the Enterprise, raising more than $1,500 since Aug. 5. The organizers have said that they will return all donations, and have now posted a disclaimer to the website asking people not to send any more cash.
“We've been surprised actually and honoured that a lot of people have taken it under their wing and are trying to help the project get some notice and attention,” said Canadian Badlands marketing specialist Chris McLellan.
The town of Vulcan, which already boasts a large replica of the Enterprise, shares its name with Star Trek’s green-blooded science officer Mr. Spock’s home planet and has become a hub for fans of the long-running sci-fi franchise. The community has been dubbed the Star Trek Capital of Canada and hosts Trekkies who flock to Vulcan for the International Spock Days Star Trek Convention.
What do you guys think of the most out-of-this-world marketing ploy this side of the Alpha Quadrant? Will it help them live long and prosper?
(via Calgary Herald)