Suppose you were in charge of Planet Earth, and you know semiconductors are the single most critical component in producing what importantly increases the well-being for all humanity. Which of these would you do:
( #sarcasm )
- Plunk down 90% of the world's most technologically advanced semiconductor production on a tiny island that is the geographical focus of US-China rivalry. Arrange it so that (i) everyone relevant agrees that that island and one of the Great Powers, the world's second most populous nation, are a single country; (ii) the other Great Power promises to make available sufficient weapons as needed for that island's self-defense capabilities and will come to its aid if that island's social and economic system is jeopardised; (iii) the first Great Power will do whatever it takes to maintain the unity and territorial integrity of their country; and (iv) that island has had 5 earthquakes in the last 7 days, 9 in the last 30, and 114 in the last 365.
- Set up the world's critical chipmaking machinery on the San Andreas Fault.
- Go to where they have the most earthquakes on the planet and put a fifth of the world's chip manufacturing there.
- Is there a secretive rogue nation on Earth, whose policies are incomprehensible to everyone outside it but who has nuclear missiles? There. Put 44% of the planet's memory chipmaking capacity right up against it.
- In an abundance of caution, however, safely place in the Netherlands 100% of world's extreme ultraviolet photolithography machines - the O-ring for painting by light today's cutting-edge chips.
Yes, each of the above occurs in reality. Also, yes, all else equal, your calculations will surface exactly none of them in your solution for optimal geographical location.
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Chris Miller 2023 Chip Wars. The Three Communiques of 1972, 1979, and 1982, The Taiwan Relations Act. https://earthquaketrack.com/p/taiwan/recent
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