The United States isn't shy of splashing taxpayer's funds on national security, but sadly for that 34,000 Star Wars fans who signed an internet petition, this does not stretch to your fully-operational Death Star.
This weekend The White House has issued a lighthearted official reply to pleas to make the fictitious battle station, entitled "This Isn't The Petition Response You're Looking For."
The Obama Administration was compelled to reply as the petition, on the We The People website, had surpassed the requisite 25,000 signatures inside the first four weeks.
Explaining the choice, spoilsport Paul Shawcross at the Office of Management and Budget cited just $850 quadzillion cost along with the lack of a desire to blow up other planets.
Shawcross wrote for the We The People website: "The administration shares your desire for job creation along with a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn't around the horizon."
"The construction in the Death Star continues to be estimated at $850,000,000,000,000,000. We're spending so much time to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
"The Administration does not support blowing up planets."
They may find a weakness...
Shawcross also saved a couple of choice words to the original Death Star's weak spots.
He added: "Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on the Death Star using a fundamental flaw that may be exploited by way of a one-man starship?"