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Monetary system(or the abscense of it) in an economy where AI and robots have eliminated most jobs [closed]

I believe that if money and currency would become obsolete and disappear and most goods and services would become free if most jobs were eliminated by strong AI and automation. It is logic. If almost ...
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How could my fruit cartel become a national problem?

In a dramedy science-fantasy children's videogame I want to create (by children's, I mean for 8 to 15 years old), Salade de Fruits (which means Fruit Salad) (my first language is French), there is a ...
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What sort of reward system can we create for society that pays in money? [closed]

If you look at current markets you see that people create and sell products or they sell services or labor. If we allow ourselves the freedom to imagine the future what other ways besides doing ...
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Could these dragons participate in the economy?

The mule-dragons are a rare but extremely powerful type of dragon. They have a supernatural ability to seek out and hoard expensive shiny stuff like gold, silver, and precious stones, which they do ...
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How can heavy molecules slow down the rate of condensation? [closed]

Mana is the background energy by which witches use to create magical spells. The level of mana content within the environment rises and falls with the passage of the tides, and consolidates in certain ...
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How to avoid resource curse with an extremely valuable and exclusive resource?

I have a nation, Arunya, which functions under different magical rules from the rest of the world. The entity governing their magic is much more closely tied to the state due to historical factors, ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

I was reading about non monetary economies and it says that it is a kind of economy that do not have any money in the economy and all goods and services are free to everyone according to Wikipedia. I ...
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I want to simulate Purchase Power Parity in my own universe, how can I do that?

I am currently working on a modern fantasy world, in which I am working on gdp and statistics for, I'm having a issue simulating PPP for each of the nations, and I can't find any good articles on it. ...
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What sort of political/economic power did the nobility wield in Victorian-era England? [closed]

And how did the various titles differ in terms of their influence? Right now I’m trying to get a better understanding of how European, specifically British, nobility operated and what sorts of duties ...
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How Would it Affect the Galactic Economy if One Planet Controlled 99%+ of the Galaxy's Gold and Silver? [closed]

The Planet Aurea has by far the most gold and silver out of any planet of the entire galaxy (thanks to two mountain ranges it has, one around the size of the US portion of the Rocky Mountains made ...
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Would larger silkworms make silk cheaper?

Let's say that there is a large silkworm species, their body being about 70cm (about 2.3ft) in length. Other than their abnormal size, they are just regular silkworms (except for needing much food, of ...
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Socio-economic effects of a black hole on a civilization [closed]

Suppose a "solar system", or "black-holar system"?, in which the star is replaced by a black hole. There is no source of energy, I know, but somehow an advanced civilization ...
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Could a "vampire restaurant" be logistically feasible?

There's this reasonably common concept in vampire fiction when the vampires are open members of society: oftentimes there are these businesses where vampires pay to drink blood straight from humans' ...
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Reality Check: Medieval economics - could peasants ban rent?

Question: Is there any economic reason they would be unable to do this / some unforeseen way it would ultimately come back to bite them? Ultimately they want to let their peasants live rent-free in ...
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What percentage of teleporters would a world with teleportation need, before timezones are required?

"Arrive at 3pm" "Wait, is that 3pm your time, my time or the destination time?" "Destination time, it's when the Wizard bar opens at hub-city" "When is that for me?&...
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How much could honey-production be scaled up

Worldwide 1,850,868 tonnes of honey is produced per year There are eight species of bee that produce honey, it's not just apis mellifera. Supposing honey became a main food source for humans, and ...
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do these living expenses make sense compared to the costs of the products?

I have used parts of DnD and Pathfinder but I think that the numbers are out of whack. I know that coins were rare in the middle ages but I am talking about the value of items compared to one another. ...
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How does a government handle a large number of people disappearing that are anticipated to return all at once at some point in the future

I have a world I had toyed with where our world is invaded by creatures very vaguely like the heartless from kingdomhearts. The creatures are mostly immune to traditional weapons, as regular matter ...
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How can the consolidation of ancient artifacts by investors be prevented?

Magical texts are used to record spells and rituals. When a witch reads a spell from the book, the magical power is activated, releasing the power within to perform it. However, the main issue with ...
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Maxed out charisma

The Feridians, marine fauna, kings of the ocean and for centuries unmatched with no predators and capable of eating and surviving on any source of food, even plankton. This thing evolved perfectly to ...
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Reasons for competing groups of characters being small in a fantasy setting

I have a fantasy setting where groups of characters, let's call this groups "guilds", compete to gain the favor of the king by doing missions for him. I wonder if there is a plausible reason ...
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completely unregulated drugs and their effect on economy

In this world when your 16 years old skater daughter buys a monster energy, it doesn't just contain proteins and caffeine but might have things such as Anavar, Trenbolone, cocaine and even Period ...
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How could an AI accept payment? [closed]

To get the big definition out of the way first: this question is written under the assumption that Artificial Intelligences are fully conscious with analogous thoughts and feelings to Humans (or at ...
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Warfare and economy with a widespread magic system where each person can create a semi sentient clone of themselves

I'm trying to form a world around a magic system that involves someone creating a shadow clone of themselves. Said clone can be willingly given away to another, but with some high risk. To elaborate: ...
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What if Homo Florensiensis survived and was taken by Homo Sapiens as a "servant" species? [closed]

First, before we start, let me say that I do not in any way, shape or form support or condone slavery or even ill-paid work. This question rationale is just for the sake of storytelling. Let's say ...
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Would honey work as money?

Would honey be feasible as a kind of money? It seems ideal to me and I'm wondering if I'm missing something. Honey is: imperishable (like gold is) hard to mass-produce or massively scale production ...
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What is the most plausible way to lower cost to orbit?

Of the general options that exist in terms of hypothetical space launch systems, what is the most plausible option for a relatively near future SF setting? The focus here is on Earth to LEO, as the ...
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A big primitive computer in orbit, very big, powerful but old technologies from 80's, V2.0 on-topic revamp

I have to point out, it is an attempt to make this on-topic, all thanks to @JBH, so tell us in the comments how well we did. the old one is history now. 50 years ago my grandfather created humanity's ...
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How would closing borders and supply routes affect market prices? [closed]

This was originally posted in Role Playing Games but they felt it was better posted here (this will be used for D&D 5e, some people thought it might be relevant.) I'm developing a world where ...
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How can I create a regulated marketplace for potion brewing?

Brewing potions have been a staple for witches for hundreds of years. These potions are cooked up within cauldrons, large pots specifically built to hold the magic from these concoctions. Older ...
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How sophisticated could a society be if knowledge depends only on some kind of religious cult or administrative group?

I been reading this question and it makes me think a lot. So I came with a question of my own. In a resume, the post presents a world where everyone is illiterate. Some said that the society could be ...
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Why is this less profitable for an adventurer to craft and then sell an artefact, rather than to sell ingredients needed to craft the artefact?

Suppose we have standard world of fantasy RPG videogame. The MC (main character) earns money by killing monsters and then selling loot. Also, sometimes there are people happy to pay generous reward ...
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How can I explain the steady rising of slave requirements in order to complete a black magic ritual?

The continuous progression of magi-technology has slowly made the slave industry a relic of the past. The application of spells and rituals to solve everyday problems has made the produce from slave ...
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How to estimate the price of an animal in a fantasy setting, or why does a duck cost more then a chicken? [closed]

I realise now that this is not the right place to ask this question, but for anyone else who happens to stop by and is looking for a good reference to use to price their animals, I've found a resource ...
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Setting Relative Coinage Values

Lets say you had a state, technologically around the mid to late classical era, using a hard coinage. There are four types of coins: The smallest coin is a paulum. The second smallest is the radix, ...
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How to keep a town in the 1960s mostly isolated?

So, the lead up to the story is that a skinwalker drags injured people into the deep forest and nails them to trees before summoning a demon into each of them, leaving them there as parasites who ...
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Empire built and fed on mushrooms

Grass is plenty, bark is plenty, dirt is plenty. those 3 materials can be converted into a self insulating biodegradable sturdy but flexible material which is 60% pure protein by calories, 100 grams ...
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What would the economy of a nomadic, spacefaring civilization look like? [closed]

For a writing project, I'm trying to break the mould of some others involved and depict nomadic people who travel in enormous colony-ships, searching for life-bearing worlds similar to their own and ...
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Could a culture have free-market capitalism without corporations? [closed]

Could a culture have free-market capitalism that never (or at least rarely ever) results in corporations, large trusts, or other such groups? This culture is made up of a single alien species that ...
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How can I encourage my population into debt slavery without hurting my economy?

The government of Amestris is controlled by powerful organizations known as guilds. These institutions are made up of special interest groups that bring together influential people, such as merchants, ...
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Speedrunning medicinal science

Many believe that being incredibly rich equals to being god on earth and in artificial situations, yes it would make sense... except it never happened. All Kings and Queens got fooled, betrayed, ...
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Garlic as staple food for colonies?

Roleplaying in a survival game, building my own world and now I'm colonizing a new land. For the sake of realism and immersion I want to find the most effective and efficient staple foods out there. I ...
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What are minimal changes to make truncated pyramid-shaped megabuildings a thing?

I love the look and feel of 30 or so stories tall, pyramid shaped megabuildings, with rich people on the outer shell, having windows, and poor pushed to the inside. In our current climate and economic ...
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Neural wireless link: Buy your personal hive mind for only 399!

Tired of having to sleep? Tired of having to die? Tired of having to age? Tired of being weak? Tired of being short? Tired of being male or female? Tired of being human? Tired of being made of flesh? ...
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How long to recover from the chaos caused by a limited duplication spell

I am trying figure how long it will take to recover from the chaos that could happen to the modern economy if a spell that duplicate anything the size of a candy bar four times were to suddenly be ...
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Mining, Scavenging and Recycling in an artificial world

Billions of years ago, an extremely advanced civilization created an artificial world. Whether it is a ringworld, a shellworld, or something more isn't really relevant. This world's crust has a depth ...
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What are the most important factors that determine the balance of power between kings and nobles and merchants?

I am writing a fantasy world with post-medieval technology. Instead of just standard feudalism, I want mercantilism or capitalism to play at least some role in the power dynamics. I am thinking about ...
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How can I keep my kingdom intact when the price of gold suddenly drops?

I am Queen Aerith the 3rd of Alagaesia. I rule a large and powerful nation in a time period technologically equivalent to the 17th century or so. Most of my world map is known, and cross-ocean trade ...
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How can I pivot my goon creation factory to a subscription based model?

I am a rising entrepreneur who has plans of cornering a lucrative niche market for myself. Whether you are a rising super villian in battle with heroes, or a criminal mastermind bent on taking over ...
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How do I fix the unit of money/coins? [closed]

Ok so here's the thing, how is the the value of a coin and the value of items you buy with it decided? After production is enough to fill the needs of the population, item to item trade comes to an ...

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