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What are the most vital industries and services to a country?

For my science-fantasy I'm building nation that is governed by guilds,this country is loosely inspired by the concept of Anarcho-syndicalism. The governing council Is made up of the Grandmasters of ...
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Why would canals exist long before railways?

Canals are useful mainly for the bulk transport of goods, usually dry goods such as coal or cereal crops, but have also been used for alcohol and various other commodities. In Britain and Ireland, the ...
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Economic feasibility of RTGs for base power

A radiothermal generator uses the heat produced by radioactive decay of the radioisotopes contained to generate electricity. The main difference with nuclear reactors is that there is no "reaction", ...
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Economy of a worldwide totalitarian regime

In my scenario, the government of Earth is sending colonists to Tau Ceti e, because of that planet's amazing abundance of resources. At this point in the future, long distance space travel is possible,...
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About how much food would a restaurant have on hand

I've got a scenario where a restaurant and its customers & staff are transported to another world. The question is: About how much food would they have on hand? The restaurant in question has ...
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Pacific country economy and population

In one world that I am building, I have a country in one corner of a continent, which is located in a side of a mountain chain, and always in winter. 90% of the country is covered in snow. That ...
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Would police robots affect the economy? [closed]

We have all viewed at least one film/movie/video/series that depicted metallic police officers in a dystopian (or utopian, take your pick) future. As the link points out we are already building said ...
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Economies of Scale

Something that we generally see on earth is economies of scale. Large companies can be more efficient as they are producing massive amounts of the same thing. This can easily be seen if you look at ...
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Consequences of a Dragon's Hoard

In every fantasy setting, dragons are famous for their massive hoards of treasure. But the economic consequences of money suddenly disappearing from circulation are never really addressed. Smaug, for ...
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Economic Effects of 'The Rift'

This is going to require some explanation to set up, as I have been working on this world for a while. The world is an isolated alternate dimension (no stars in the sky) that contains a bizarre ...
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How would a second species of human that lives longer affect the world?

Imagine a present or near-future setting where there is a breed of humans (lets call them elves) that can live up to around 400-500 years old. After puberty, their life is simply extended. These long-...
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What are the necessary professions of an advanced society

In small villages, the jobs of individuals are quite well defined. For a population of 100 people, the make up might be something like: 20 Children (not working) 15 Elderly (not working) 10 ...
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The deep space mining dilemma

To go to space and mine asteroids is expensive, but it is known that meteorites contain rare minerals in the core that are easy accessible because of the smaller diameter. The expensive material that ...
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A Room for Heroes on the Run

This question was inspired by the the Fortnightly Challenge, and also a common occurrence in many fantasy novels. This question is going to use the incomes of England around 1270-1400, based from ...
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Implications of a world where mercenaries are more capable than most militaries?

I have been working on an RPG (a video game) where one of the key plot "themes" is the prevalence of mercenaries, of very varied capabilities and fame/infamy/secrecy. After lurking answers on here ...
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How would a money-based election system effect the economy? [closed]

So what would happen if there was a tiny country on the north-west peak of a Pangaea-like continent filled with enough resources to fuel a war with earth for decades (though the war never actually ...
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What is going to happen if all the currency in the world simply disappeared at once? [closed]

Let's say reality gets modified by someone evil, and all the currency in Earth (in any form, cash, bitcoins and banks) all simply disappear in an instant. What is going to happen, assuming the ...
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What if someplace used consumables for currency?

I just watched Rango, and I got curious of the realistic implications. Let's set the stage. Desert environment. Realistic 21st century American tech, unlike the movie. Some foreign country based on ...
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What would cause a bustling port city to become empty?

There's a city that sits on a river, the intersections of several well-traveled roads, and a large rail line (back when that was worth something; the city is kind of a blend of the early 1900's). It's ...
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Social implication of economics based on brain processing power

I'm working on a future cyberpunk setting in which I would like to explore posthumanism as a main theme. Among some of the ideas I have I want to use the very well explored "decking" trope. The idea ...
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Implications of a BitCoin linked to the Euro [closed]

What would be the implications if the European Central Bank created a clone of BitCoin? Assume that the ECB-coin has an exchange rate of 1-to-1 with the Euro, and that ECB keeps around 80% of all ECB-...
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Use of Liquid Potential Energy

So, in my setting, there is a certain kingdom, which is capable of producing a special sort of liquid, that is seemingly not compressible, however, it actually "charges" up when compressed, and when ...
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How would a delayed discovery of the New World affect both sides?

I'll try to make this simple. I am developing a world where for some reason two separate land masses (like Europe and America) are separated by a mass ocean and one civilization group on one ...
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What would happen when we take away the money on earth? [closed]

Let's say we have a world that is exactly, like in every single detail the same as ours. Then we clone that world and put it next to the first one. The second world is exactly the same as the first ...
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What should I consider in a society with basic unconditional income?

I'm creating a city of about 200 000 people in a nation equivalent to a modern western nation, like Germany, France or the United States. Strong economy and a calm society, but still a conspicuous ...
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What are the Considerations of a currency backed by a Renewable Commodity?

This question is tangent of this one. While reading about the world-building that went into the Mistborn series I began to reassess my own world-building, specifically the effects of magic on the ...
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Ancient divers of Rome

Ancient divers: Vitruvius connected a long tube of cloth, impregnated with special waxes, with bronze rings every 10 cm to hold the tube open, to a pair of bellows connected to crude cheek valves. ...
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Ancient Roman telegraph

Communicating using the sun: Frontinus, while studying the Greek classics, invented a system of communication based on towers, mirrors, and shutting aparatuses that could communicate along Roman ...
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Future galactic economy

Considering a distant future where mankind has spread and inhabits lots of star systems. Would there be a justification for inter-system trade or exchanges ? FTL travel may be considered, but with at ...
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The Desert of Ore, how would people mine and process ore sand

Based of my previous two questions, which respectively talks about the geography of a desert of metal ore, and how people would live in such a place, here comes the last and most important question. ...
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The social implications of Life as currency

In my setting (which is roughly early-medieval in terms of technology), magic comes from the Life-energy of all living beings. There are several factors that affect how much of this energy each being ...
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Are there any good uses for infinite grass and potatoes

Based off a previous question of mine here, concerning how a rapid growing weed-like grasstato, which is grass above ground, and potato underground, and how if there was infinite food for people in a ...
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Wizards as Currency

I was reading this question and some of the answers got me thinking. If we have a magic-based society, where for all intents and purposes every being can use magic, and the magic a being can use is ...
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Interstellar commerce: why would planets be valuable?

The Background: I am going to be asking a series of questions that will be relevant to forming some sort of a picture of human space commerce. Let's say that Earth-based human civilizations have ...
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Post-singularity economy

What are the economic effects of achieving the technological singularity. In particular, will humans have to work anymore? If there are no jobs, what will humans do all day? It would be nice if robots ...
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How much does a 'good planet' cost? [closed]

If you had the technology, how much would an economically feasible, biosphere grade, sustainable habitat, environmentally acumen planet 'cost'? Doing a project comparison, these options are used to ...
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Teleportation travel without globalization

The premise is a low-tech world such as Earth prior to 1600 CE but with a fixed number of magical/technological teleportation portal pairs scattered across the world. Each portal only takes travelers ...
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In world with three opposing factions, what ideological, military, economic, and legal issues would arise?

A region of the galaxy is controlled by three human factions. The Empire of Excellence (faction colors are black and white) The Alliance of Freedom (faction colors are blue and white) The Union of ...
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How to make basic-income society work?

I am a big fan of of 'post-scarcity' societies, where we could, in theory not worry about basic needs such as food and shelter anymore, and instead focus on pursuit of 'greater' things that are our ...
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Realistic Future Jobs for Men and Women

I'm trying to figure out realistic futuristic jobs for my characters. We're in a verge-of-singularity world, 15-25 years in the future. Convoluted neural networks and their even more awesome near-AGI ...
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Post-singularity and software develpment

In a post-singularity future, is open-source the only feasible model for software development? Or maybe a completely new model? And conversely, would the technological advancements be fast enough to ...
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Is the world of a Roguelike RPG plausible?

In this context, I will define a Roguelike RPG world to be a world where a lone adventurer fights scores of monsters who drop magical weapons, armor and artifacts that the adventurer may pick up, use, ...
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Cost of colony on Mars/Moon per metric ton

One possible approach how to estimate extend of space colonization is to define costs of it and then estimate the investments the governments and organizations would be willing to pay. In an excellent ...
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Problems of a failing economy?

I'm writing fan-fiction for the superhero serial novel Worm. The main setting in Worm is Brockton Bay, a failing city of about 300,000 people. The economy has been in decline since the decline of ...
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Does the change of dynasty make a country weaker or stronger in the long run?

When we look at our own history and particularly in China, there were a lot of dynastic changes. Almost all of these changes came with destruction and the death of many people. War also disrupts trade,...
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What is the effect of a non-existent economy on the environment of a world [closed]

I would like some ideas on how the environment of a world where an economy (nothing financial and no currency system) did not exist - would be affected, would progress etc etc.