By McKinley Noble | 01-02-2013 | 6:00AM

Last November, an extremely odd request popped up on the White House's official petitions website, requesting that the Obama Administration approve plans to build the United States its own Death Star.

Amazingly, the petition has continued to gain a bit of steam.

In less than two months, the request gained over 33,000 signatures, well above the 25,000 threshold needed by the middle of December 2012 for the White House to officially respond. Of course, such a project may seem ridiculous at a glance (there's not enough raw materials in the world to build such a thing) but the petition states its case succinctly:

Those who sign here petition the United States government to secure funding and resources, and begin construction on a Death Star by 2016.

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.

Of course, the Obama Administration has much bigger fish to fry, such as states that want to withdraw from the union—and by the White House's own rules, they're free to completely ignore any unreasonable (and science fiction-related) requests that fall outside the power of the United States Government.