101 non-standard reasons for an alien invasion

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See above. Its kinda boring, how they constantly invade us, when there's so much better real estate around. So yes. It can be funny, it can be whimsical, or it can be serious. Just make it original.

1) Tax cuts

The alien needs money. And needs it, fast. And one of the best ways to get money, is to invest and start up your own manufactory, and sell off product at a high price. Problem. The taxes in the government are high. Really high. That it dips into profits. Remember how large companies in the US shift locations of their headquarters and their factories to other countries, with lower taxes and less regulation? Yeah. You can’t set up a Alpha plus molecule factory in a civilised system without miles and miles of red tape, decades of waiting time, and ruinous license fees. And then there are the potentials for lawsuits, suing, civilian complaints, NIMBYism (its always there, no matter what), and other things. Same goes for everything else. You can’t make a nanofactory without some hippie luddites shouting: “Watch out, its like the replicants! (Ignoring that was a bad movie that crashed)”. Sabotage from rival companies, high barriers of entry... its hard.

But if you go to an inhabited system, you can get tax cuts, as part of their program to produce jobs for the people. Even better, if you were to set up shop in an inhabited system, where the system's inhabitants haven't invented faster than light yet, you get to have even more tax cuts and government assistance because you are obviously helping to uplift the natives, letting them join galactic civilisation, and to let the acclimitise to advanced technology. How wonderful.

So when the aliens point a gun at the head of the United Nations and have them sign something, its with good intentions. Seriously.
 

Daistallia

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2) Deep sea vent octopuses are at war with kiwa crabs (common type of crabs around deep sea vents). They have psychically communicated their plight to an advanced cephalopod species of deep sea aliens from a water world. The aliens have arrived to aid the octopuses. None of the three are really aware of humanity's existence.
 

kenco

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See above. Its kinda boring, how they constantly invade us, when there's so much better real estate around. So yes. It can be funny, it can be whimsical, or it can be serious. Just make it original.
3) It looks like an invasion to us. In fact the aliens are using our quiet, unspoiled world for the equivalent of a family picnic. They'll only hang around for a week or so, and then head off home again. They regard humans as the equivalent of insects: An inconvenient manifestation of untamed nature, to be ruthlessly controlled for the duration of their visit.
 

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3) It looks like an invasion to us. In fact the aliens are using our quiet, unspoiled world for the equivalent of a family picnic. They'll only hang around for a week or so, and then head off home again. They regard humans as the equivalent of insects: An inconvenient manifestation of untamed nature, to be ruthlessly controlled for the duration of their visit.
.... a roadside picnic?
 

HardKore Keltoid

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4) The last "alien invasion" was a band of refugees looking for supplies, and we initiated hostilities before they could establish communication. You didn't really think an interstellar civilization would send soldiers that could be readily dispatched with a baseball bat, did you? Their people are not happy with our idea of hospitality.

5) We are, by the standards of our invaders, very close to leaving our homeworld, and they consider this highly undesirable. A bit of honest reflection on how we've treated our only habitable planet might reveal a few solid reasons.
 

Arethusa

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6) Chocolate. The deadliest poison known to the inhabited universe. They must control the supply.
 

Marius B

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8) A weird cult. It's an invasion, yeah, and they want to take over the planet, sure. However, although they're vastly superior to us technologically, we can win because:
• They'll not receive any reinforcements - their otherwise peaceful civilisation is happy to be rid of them.
• Most of them don't have any proper military training.
• Their weaponry isn't as much more powerful than ours as you'd expect since it's mainly stuff that civilians in their civilisation could acquire kitbashed together with their equivalents of vans, trucks and 4x4's.
• Their only source of resupplies is from whatever manufacturing facilities they've managed to set up on what foothold they've gotten in our solar system.
Twist: They're horrified at the damage we've done to our planet - that's why they feel great about invading us. If they succeed, it would actually be better for the planet than if we succesfully repel them.
 

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9) To save us from ourselves
10) To save everything else from us
11) A vegetable based species invades us to eliminate all animal life, and return the earth to the plants
12) They really enjoyed our broadcasts of quirky British Ealing comedies, and got super-pissed when we stopped making them.
 

petros

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13) An impossible to explain superstition (but it is possible to explain to us that it IS something we'd call a superstition) requires them to abduct one out of every thirteen people. They're trying their best to limit collateral damage, not least because they risk killing the people they want to abduct, but they'll escalate as much as they have to.
 
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