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Where can I find the list of important business and economic news events in the 19th century? [on hold]

I found this: https://www.encyclopedia.com/history/news-wires-white-papers-and-books/1878-1899-business-and-economy-chronology. But looking for additional sources, if anyone knows.
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How would two worlds first establish an exchange rate between their currencies

There are two worlds of more or less equivalent technological level, say a difference of only a few decades and no more than 50 years. A first contact event occurs and after the hoopla dies down ...
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Wich knowledge would persevere in this post-apocalyptic world?

First of all: sorry for my english. I'm writing a post-apocalyptic book and I got some simple questions before I can finish shapping its world. In my fiction, the world fell apart (doesn't matter ...
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Economics of a Port City [closed]

Gaian is a large city situated along a natural cove, defended to the north and south by towering mountains and to the east by the city walls. To the west is the largest ocean in the known world. Gaian ...
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How would a disabled person earn their living in a medieval-type town?

We are in a far future. Humanity has widely abandoned technology, and effectively reached medieval level (so things need not be true to an actual medieval setting). We are in a larger town. In that ...
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What resources would Earth want from a STL colonial civilization? [duplicate]

In the year 21XX, Earth sends several slower-than-light ships to colonize Earth-like planets. The atmosphere, topsoil mineral composition, and the frequency profile and intensity of light on these ...
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Fantasy Macro Economics: What would Merfolk trade for?

In the world I'm making, humans trade with a variety of species, one of which is a society of merpeople. Humans typically acquire goods and services in the form of fish, pearls, under sea flora for ...
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What are some modern policies that can be applied to or improve 17th-century European society? [closed]

Supposedly, a relatively smart + educated young woman from modern society is transmigrated into a body of a woman living in a country that is similar to 17th-century Europe. Monarchy and nobility ...
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Thought experiment - Summer Camp for All rather than Universal Basic Income [closed]

Here's a thought - municipalities and non-profits would build lots of housing and food courts for those in need, and in exchange people would work to build and maintain the housing and food courts and ...
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Choosing a World's/Region's/etc. Interest Rates

In several RPG campaigns, I've seen player characters try to either make investments or borrow significant amounts of money. This made me wonder: which sorts of worlds should have interest rates that ...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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House blimp living [closed]

What problems might I run into if I live in an airship? I would like to entertain the possibility to park tethered to a sky scraper in an unpowered airship in order to save money and travel time. I ...
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Export economy of Mars

So Mars has been colonised and is mostly self-sufficient (food,water, construction etc). (We finally managed to create a back up humanity! Whew!) Ok now Mars is looking to create an export economy ...
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Cause of periodic, random, forced migration?

I am looking for a (preferably economic or environmental) force/system that would every few months or years force a random sample of the middle/lower class of an area to migrate away. This would be ...
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How can the artificial womb be made affordable for the common people?

The artificial womb has become a reality, freeing many women from the 9 month burden of carrying a child. Unfortunately, it was not the liberating game changer that feminists hoped it would be. These ...
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What would be the effects of (relatively) widespread precognition on the stock market?

I am working on a story in which around 1% of the world population has at least some semblance of a metahuman ability. Many metahuman abilities are advantageous in traditional employment, and I ...
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How can an elder god's corporation remove suspicion from its plans while preserving its clandestine monopoly?

The elder god Mickeyruth seeks to enter our reality and dominate humankind. To accomplish this, he has used his loyal cult of followers to found a company called Disney. Throughout the decades, this ...
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In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zootopia,...
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What jobs would people work in a frontier railroad town? [closed]

What would people do in 1860s railroad towns? In a place similar to frontier America, it seems towns are built around very clear purposes. A majority of people would follow the town specific ...
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Justifying Affordable Bespoke Spaceships

Any story about an independent, self-owned tramp spaceship crew tends to implicitly or explicitly raise the question of how the crew got a spaceship, how it afforded it, and why it doesn't just sell ...
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Corporate Overlord [closed]

So I have a company that currently makes about as much as like... say Apple, but is expanding in multiple markets. It's probably going to have a monopoly on several product types in the next couple ...
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Is it possible to have a wealthy country without a middle class?

I'm trying to create well-off country, which judging solely by GDP per capita would be considered wealthy with something like 60,000 USD per capita. However the country middle class is very small. Is ...
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Which moon is most favourable as a refuelling station?

My hypothetical gas giant has five major moons. Three of those moons are icy bodies with abundant water ice and volatiles. Any of these could provide fuel for translunar spacecraft, or for spacecraft ...
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What is the limit of Graphene CPUs? [closed]

In the world I'm building, set roughly 350 years in the future, the humans have colonized the Solar System and other systems beyond using a hyperlane network discovered at the edges of the Solar ...
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Real-time planned economy with feedback

What about a society that would function the following way: Someone creates an idea of a product or service and posts it on a special site in the Internet. People vote for the idea indicating amounts ...
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Would it be possible to set up a franchise in the ancient world?

The night queen has invaded the northernmost part of easteros with an army of ice wightwalkers. They have surrounded a castle called summerfall, trapping our heroes inside. Various armies of different ...
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How would digital currency work on a intergalactic scale with limited FTL loopholes?

Another question got me interested in this. How would finances work when there would frequently be long delays for confirmations of transactions? Let's say there are Jump Gates/Artificial Wormholes at ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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Justification of physical currency in an interstellar civilization?

I have seen a similar-ish question on here, but it doesn't quite match my inquiry. Suppose you have an interstellar civilization (the means of travel between stars being stable two-way wormholes on ...
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What is the cheapest way to move large amounts of trade goods to orbit?

Given a world with similar size and atmospheric composition to Earth that has a commodity export, be it grain or oil etc, that has trade with other planets, what would be best way to orbit massive ...
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Can there be a single technologically advanced nation, in a continent full of non-technologically advanced nations?

The run down here is that there's this continent, and there is a lot of unclaimed land where countries haven't formed yet and a lot of tribes but there are some actual countries like kingdoms, (where ...
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What are the potential pitfalls when using metals as a currency?

Somewhat related question, but not the same goal In my current concept metals (from nickel to iridium, based on density) are used in the magic system. So in a way they are directly tied to power. I ...
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Limit immortality technology by cost

The setting is the modern day, US. All aspects (unless addressed by the question) can be assumed to be the same as our current, real Earth. This question has the assumption that a technology exists ...
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How to market an anarchic city as a tourism spot to people living in civilized areas?

So, in my Post-Apocalyptic world, there’s a city down in South Nevada known as Vegas. Unlike the rest of the majority of North America, Vegas was not hit by nuclear warheads in its near vicinity. But, ...
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How would a private global security force receive funding?

Intro: In my story, there’s an organization VERY similar to S.H.I.E.L.D. from the MCU (Pre Winter Soldier). The changes though are that this organization is more heavily rooted in realism and the ...
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What would happen if everybody received $1B? [closed]

My wife is an accountant and she refused to listen to my stupid idea. Before I go and ask economists, I would like to ask Worldbuilding :) CONTEXT: As we hopefully are aware, increasing automation ...
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Minimum level of technology to have a modern tax system?

As is my understanding (this is not my specialty), for the vast majority of history the crown (whatever sovereign entity exists at the head of the state) gathered income through a few means: Tariffs (...
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Would separating people into 2 groups help the economy in any way?

Would splitting humans into two groups, those that work and live during the night, and those that work and live during the day, help the economy in any way? What would be other considerations of ...
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Personal Teleportation: From Rags to Riches

I'm looking to investigate one aspect of the "real world" implications of teleportation as a super power, much like I did with this question. In this case, I'm trying to figure out the best method(s) ...
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What would be the benefits of having both a state and local currencies?

The Hegemony has a global (technically interplanetary currency) known simply as the Hegemony Credit. Unlike some currencies the credit does not have smaller denominations only credits. In theory the ...
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Building a underworld [closed]

My story is about a royal court that rules the underworld, the place between our world and heaven or hell. My question is, if it is a underworld where everyone is supposed to be dead, would there be ...
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How do I create costs of living for people of different incomes in a society? [closed]

Something tells me costs are a bit relative based on location, at least for things like houses. So if my society or nation state is not based off of America it may have different homes and different ...
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What would be the most expensive material to an intergalactic society?

Imagine an intergalactic society that has the following abilities\tech: Warp drive allows trips between stars in days and galaxies in weeks. Able to live in spaceships for long time without health ...
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A prison which guards itself

Imagine a dictator who owns a massive prison. The tech level is 12th-15th century, and the dictator has very few guards at his disposal. The prison already has all necessary resources such as food and ...
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How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful?

How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful (Wealthy, politically and materialistically powerful, secure, stable)? Background: In this instance the country is a monarchy to begin with. ...
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Would a National Army of mercenaries be a feasible idea?

Would it be practical for a small, largely isolated country to have a drafted army to be hired out to other countries as guards for caravans or a policing force? The soldiers would all serve around 4 ...
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Modelling platinum supply

Given an asteroid mining company manages to deliver platinum (ore) to Earth, how would they need to set their selling price to account for delivery, given that today on Earth 1g platinum costs $30 to ...
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Crater sized bore hole on Ceres, how would you make it economically profitable? [closed]

Ceres is a bustling port within the belt and a commercial, entertainment, and economic hub dealing with the markets of both the inner and outer planets. Ceres is home to the largest colonies in all of ...
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Doing business with time magic in ancient-medieval world

What business could I in theory do if I have Time magic which can reverse or accelerate time of inanimate/non sentient objects in a limited area? This is in relation to my question, Liquor making ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [closed]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?