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What are various ways to gain influence over a nation primarily using economics?

This is set in a traditional Isekai world with magic, medieval technology, and a feudal system. The protagonist wants to reshape a country to match his values, basically making the nation "good&...
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How long and how much money would it take to rebuild a war torn domain/city in a late Medieval esque society (+ levitation magic)?

This is research for a book I'm writing which is set in a world with the technology level and feudal system of the late medieval period. The only exception is that there is magic and a non-human race ...
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How would a group of extra-terrestrial infiltrators go about destroying a free market economy [closed]

Let's say that a small group (around 20 or so) of well-equipped, highly intelligent ETs have secretly made their way on to Earth. They have all the knowledge they need of our various languages and ...
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What kind of companies and fronts would a humanitarian conspiracy have?

A humanitarian AI known as URAED has set up a one-AI infrastructure for supporting a conspiracy. This conspiracy being the intrusion, resource extraction, and deployment of humanitarian resources and ...
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In the modern era, how could I have a very bad recession comparable to the Great Depression?

In my world (modern day Earth, but at a higher technology level with national AI systems being commonplace across the world, cybernetics limbs being an option, and autonomous weapon systems being ...
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Why would people invest in very-long-term commercial space exploration projects?

In a relatively near future, the humanity discovered a way of commercializing space, in the sense that a project emerged that is extremely costly, but if successful, would be worth it and then some. ...
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How possible would it be to make a S.C.O.B.Y. the size of a bog in the medieval era?

Assuming a civilization had access to medieval tech, how likely would it be to grow large sheets of SCOBY (Symbiotic Colonies of Bacteria and Yeast,) in order to make a faux leather, by modifying the ...
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How would nanobot replicators affect the economy? [closed]

So the year is 2150 and the first nanobot replicator has been released on the market. They cost about $150 and can produce a cubic foot of material. They can replicate any object that is scanned or ...
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Assuming that the environment of Earth and Mars are similar, is there possible trading between Earth and Mars in current technology?

Let's assume that Mars has an atmosphere, oceans, plants, and animals, even there is some native civilization like John Carter. Is there any possible trading between Earth and Mars? I noticed that ...
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19th Century Store Shelves for These Races: Or, I don't want to have ladders in 19th Century shops

I'm looking for the races describes in this questions: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating These races have their solar power rail systems set up and running. With ...
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Relative value of Biological Humans vs Uploaded Humans

Imagine both humans uploaded into computer networks and biological humans exist in the same society. The uploaded humans have the normal range of human personalities (not an evil-AI-takes-over-the-...
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What basic goods do I need to make a functioning High-Fantasy trade system

This is my first time ever posting. Please let me know If I've done anything wrong and I'll do my best to correct it. This is my first time attempting to create a functional world in D&D5e and I'm ...
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How can a growing economy function with erratic seasonal changes?

It has been widely confirmed by experts that the alleged " season 8 " of GOT was in fact a mass delusion by the general public due to mass hallucinogenic drugs being dumped into the water ...
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Could a city live in a money-free system in a medieval fantasy setting?

I am currently building a world based in a medieval fantasy setup. View it as if the world got a soft reset and cannot (I say cannot) go further than electricity, and I imagined a village where people ...
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I want the human galactic empire to have universal welfare, is that possible? If so then what is needed?

I will provide a bit of context. Which can be ignored as the background can be changed or at least the question can be treated as theoretical. At a certain point in the future a universal welfare ...
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How could one erase a culture? [closed]

Out of a cultured society, an Evil Empire™ has arisen. Naturally, the Evil Dictator™ wants his people to be obedient to him. In this process, he wants to erase his Evil Empire™'s culture. This would, ...
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Single Time Zone on a spherical planet

I am particularly interested in the case of feasibility to have all countries and all regions of our planet, the Earth, to have a unified Single Time Zone (say UTC). Suppose all countries and all ...
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Is the composition of the major asteroid belt bodies different enough to make trade between colonies worthwhile?

For my question I'm assuming that we're talking about colonies on the very biggest bodies that are 100s of kms in size. I'm assuming that by this point humans have become cyborgified/roboticized ...
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How do I maintain a region of permanent political instability?

A classic trope in media is the country that is constantly having a revolution, with the logical extreme being a geographical region where any map older than a year is woefully out of date as new ...
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Selling real-estate in space. How can it be allocated and how can it be marked out?

Space is useful for storage. In the future there is a thriving space real-estate market. Generally speaking, space in orbit is more desirable than outer space but both have a market value. How can ...
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How can the economy of scale be prevented from disrupting the balance of power in a magic system?

Witches are broken down into three classes. Class A have a limited supply of Mana, and must work in tandem with other witches to combine their power in order to pull off many spells. However, their ...
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How to make a professional guerilla/partisan army work?

When you see certain wargame scenario's, there are some places that are simply outmatched from the outset. For example in a scenario where Russia decides to attack the EU (or the EU decides to attack ...
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How can I reinstitute the gold standard in the current global economy?

The gold standard is a monetary system where a country's currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The U.S.A (United States of Amestris) operated on this standard, allowing the ...
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What would America lack if cut off from World trade for years?

North and South America totally cut off from world trade for years in modern times. No intercontinental except between the two. Would there be any current technology that couldn't be made due to lack ...
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Could you actually make a green space program?

Is it plausible to build and maintain a space program without adding to climate change? While obviously there are larger problems in the near term with respect to climate change, I'm thinking about a ...
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How would this prediction/assassination market fail?

A large, multinational cooperation wants to enable it's executives to get more creative in pursuing the companies goals. So an internal prediction market is established: starting at lower management, ...
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What resources would space traders trade, assuming a gate network but no other FTL exists?

So our world you have wormholes, they aren't "tunnels", just "doorways" of sorts between two systems. The network connects a small portion of our galaxy, some 500 solar systems in ...
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Magic economy: Using mana as a standardized unit of currency?

I'm toying with the idea for a world where instead of minting coins out of valuable metals all countries us mana, the 'fuel' of magic, as a currency itself. Since mana always has value, in it's ...
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How can I establish a long term banking system for the Medieval period?

Bernius Madolffo was a good and honest priest who turned to entrepreneurship after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The death of the Catholic Church and fall of Christianity in the world ...
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Why would an advanced civilization even want slaves?

In a world where people have advanced robotics and A.I. to the point that most people can just have a machine do things for them, is there any reason for slaves to be used also? Obviously nobody needs ...
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Most important trading resources for the US [closed]

After Bob brought the American flag from the moon into his possession and convinced the majority of the American people that it is true, President Prumptin is not very pleased of this idea. While he ...
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What kind of hazardous alien waste would tear apart society trying to obtain it?

An unpowered alien pod drifts into our solar system. No particularly advanced technology is present on it. But the pod is full of ejected hazardous waste (say, between 10-1000 tons) from an alien ...
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Signs of wealth in a world where private planet ownership is common

In my far-future world, owning a planet or moon is as common as owning a house. People usually have a large house, with an adjacent farm for their own sustenance that is usually tended by robots. ...
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Could rockets/VTOLs replace traditional air travel?

So this is obviously a several year old proposal from SpaceX in which they claim that their Starship is capable of being used as a means of traveling anywhere in the world in under an hour. A shiny ...
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Acceptance of a Quasi-Sovereign AI State

I always loved the idea of robots in the future. I see artificial intelligence as an inevitability and that humans might one day have AI companions like Cortana or coworkers like C-3PO. But one very ...
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What non-electrical, basic tool from today, could be made that would change the world in ancient times?

John from our future, takes the time-travel bus back in time and steps off in 5th century Europe. He heads for the secret location where travellers are kitted out with authentic clothes, food and ...
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How would companies capitalize on the existence of magic, forcing the little peopel to rise against them? [closed]

I wanted to combine "Shadowrun" - "industrial espionage runs rampant in a near-future setting. A "Shadowrun" is successful data theft or physical break-in at a rival ...
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What could be some form of technology that could and would be rapidly formed in the event an new space race was started

The year is 2045 and China has launched a successful colonization mission to Mars after what seems like decades of simply catching up with the USA in terms of space exploration, rocket science, lunar ...
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How can I streamline the process of a voodoo black market?

I, Marie Leaveau, am an alternative voodoo occultist entrepreneur from Louisiana and run an underground black market called Grimm Fairy artifacts Inc. Dubbed "The Bitch Queen" by naysayers, ...
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Effects of anti coin counterfeiting magic on pre-industrial revolution on trade?

In the continent there are 2 main powers that mint coins. Both of them use a tiny bit of magic on coins that resonates with a small rod when the coin is true and does nothing when it is false. For ...
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When colonizing Mars, what would the emergence of a local economy look like? [closed]

Let's say humanity keeps advancing in its attempt to achieve permanent human presence on Mars, At the beginning it might be only temporary deployments (like to the ISS), but after some time let's say ...
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Effects of legalizing human meat and how to suppress criminal organizations selling it [closed]

Inside the citadel we see many creatures living together, they don't do so because they all love each other and the citadel has achieved not only the end to racism but also inter species peace but ...
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Is a Medieval Post-Scarcity Society Possible on an alien world?

By post-scarcity in this case, I mean that the entire society's sustenance and basic comfort level needs can be met through the minimal effort of what modern man would consider hobbies and odds-and-...
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Would a fully automated future society where everything is owned by the state still require taxes?

In this future society: All of Earth's resources can be accessed since the planet has one world government. All services and goods are owned, created, and distributed by the state. Every step of ...
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What would be the smallest change required for the United States to purchase Greenland (time frame: 1945-2000)? [closed]

I have heard there have been multiple instances of this happening prior to the current president's proposal. Could this have seriously happened some time in the 20th century?
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Which map below would make more sense for a post-apocalyptic federal government to control if it wanted to liberate the country?

So I’m currently stuck between the peninsula-map and this one . Between the two, which would make more sense for the federal government to have control over 17 years after zombies and a virus both ...
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How Much Gold to Pay Off Death Sentence? [closed]

So, you've got a fantasy kingdom that has had the better part of its treasury stolen by a dragon. They tracked the dragon back to its lair and trapped it permanently inside... but the dragon refuses ...
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How can a nation that preys on its neighbors survive in the long term?

There is a veil which separates our reality from a parallel dimension that contains Eldritch abominations. An predatory empire has discovered that they can harness the power of this realm by summoning ...
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How can I get people to put their money where their mouth is? [closed]

When individuals cede their power for effective choice to involuntary institutions, as soon as there's an uncoupling between what the institutions are aiming at and the interests of people, which do ...
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Nipping urban sprawl in the bud

'The culture of good place-making, like the culture of farming, or agriculture, is a body of knowledge and acquired skills. It is not bred in the bone, and if it is not transmitted from one generation ...

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