Imagine Europe around 1810. Imagine the Netherlands. Imagine that it is the colonial age. Imagine also that the colonies are mostly under open rebellion. Imagine that the region of Netherlands (imagine only) and the surrounding states already have the following technologies:
- Telegraph (telephone probably 3 generations away)
- Intercity steam-based locomotive (electrical-based trains almost a decade away)
- Some steamships but not in popular use (and no ironclad military ships)
- Common steel (no stainless steel yet)
- The sail technologies that would have been known in Victorian Era
Rifling technology is still new, so there are no rifled cannons. But they do have rifles, imagine the Sharps rifle.
The kingdom of Just Enough is a colonial power similar to the Dutch that uses 3 types of currency: Ema (gold), Catty (silver) and Luca (copper). The precious metals exchange rates are as follows:
1 gold ema = 10 silver catty
1 silver catty = 25 copper luca
Originally based on precious metals, inflation and economic collapse brought by hoarding and colonial uprisings had prompted the king to take the value of each coin off its precious metal standard. So it becomes the following:
1 gold ema = 3 paper ema
1 silver catty = 2 faux silver catty
1 gold ema = 60 faux silver catty
1 paper ema = 20 faux silver catty
Copper is unpegged from silver and pegged to faux silver instead, which means 1 gold ema equals 1500 copper luca (say what?)
Assume that the average daily wage for a day labourer (farms, mines, server) is 10 copper luca. A long loaf of french bread is 5 copper. A train ticket is 30 copper per person. A slice of fish enough for 4 person gruel/stew cost around 2 copper.
The kingdom institutes the following taxes to those in the crown territories:
- for men above 16 - 5 faux silver every 3 months
- for women above 18 - 3 faux silver every 3 months
- only for non-noble landowners in crown territories
- applicable to owned houses, gold, silver, gemstones and pearls
- only applicable to businesses operating in crown territories
- only applicable to marriage between Just Enough women and foreign men.
Taxes are paid preferably in faux silver.
How much would an average household of 2 adults and 3 children (not taxable age) earn for a year? This is in relation to the societal norms of Victorian Era Netherlands. As in do both parents work, only the father works, or do the father work two jobs?
How much would said household spend on food for a year in the city/town? Or for a month?
Is the current currency and taxation humanely feasible or is it in violation of human rights at the time of Victorian England?
If I wasn't being clear on anything, please ask. I'm afraid I left something out. Of course, feel free to nitpick anything here. Average daily salary too low? Argue about it. French loaf too expensive? Argue about it. I have no problem with it.