The people of America have spoken. And they want a Death Star.
Someone under the name of John D in Colorado created the petition last month on the U.S. government's public engagement website, We the People. The signatures have poured in, reaching 27,456 at noon on Friday.
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According to the website's Terms of Participation, any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures within 30 days of its creation will require an official response from the White House.
However, the terms also say the White House can dismiss petitions that don't fall within the current list of topics on We the People. Star Wars is an official topic, right?
Actually, it might pass the test there, too. The petition is tagged under defense, job creation, science, and space policy.
Maybe the petitioners' rational-sounding argument for building a moon-sized battle station with a laser that can destroy planets, like the one featured in Star Wars, will convince the White House to change its defense strategy.
"By focusing our defense resources into a space-superiority platform and weapon system such as a 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 says.
The petitioners want the government to begin building by 2016.