The US government has refused to build a Death Star — so someone has taken matters into their own hands and launched a Kickstarter.
When the US Government refused to build a Death Star after a successful was submitted, it gave several 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?
One Kickstarter has now taken matters into their own hands. Going only by the name "www.gnut.co.uk", the person has claimed that there are ongoing threats that require the defensive battle station.
The base goal for the project is £20,000,000 — a sum that will allow "more detailed plans and enough chicken wire to protect reactor exhaust ports".
The final stretch goal of £543,000,000,000,000,00 (the US Government's projected US$850,000,000,000,000,000) will be enough to fully fund construction — but that might be an overestimate, since www.gnut.co.uk claims that only open-source hardware and software will be used in the Death Star's construction.
However, it pays to read the fine print: there are no actual plans for the Death Star at all. The proof is in the listed challenges:
The main challenge is assuring Kickstarter that this is a joke and not a serious project. As proof, the goal has been set high enough to make successful funding almost impossible.
We have to admit, we'd be curious to see what would happen if the project did actually get funded.