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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England setting?

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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What economic effects would magically-enforced isolation have on the Victorian age British Empire?

The year is 1862. A magician raises up an impenetrable magical barrier around the British Isles. The barrier is spherical in shape, and it contains England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It also ...
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All disease and sickness suddenly cured in humanity, what happens next? [closed]

It’s 2018 and a powerful magic is used to warp reality. Every living human suffering from any disease or sickness is suddenly cured as if it never existed (down to a genetic level). However, this is ...
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How would annually making all crime legal for 12 hours on the same day every year affect the US economy?

I recently watched The Purge 2, which inspired me to write this question. If every year, on a non holiday (e.g. not Christmas), the government made any crime excluding assaulting government officials ...
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Can using zombies for labor be more cost effective for an employer than a living worker?

In the future, Big Business owns the government. Corporations such as Target, Walmart, General Motors, etc... now have a major hand in deciding policies in the country. This has a major impact on how ...
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Economy vs Defensibility for cities?

Ok this is 2 questions but they are so closely related I'm sure it's OK The Premise The world is geographically similar to Earth. The kingdom has the same climate as Germany. The technology is High ...
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Economy in a society where 99% of the world adult population is owned by the other 1% [closed]

We are in a world similar to our current world (with the same technology level notably), but there is a huge catch: everything is considered as property, including human beings. Every human child is ...
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Modern trading card game viable in late medieval / renaissance times?

A tad bit late perhaps, but the creation of Gwent in The Witcher 3 PC RPG game has got me thinking: would a modern trading card game(hereafter referred to as TCG) like Magic: The Gathering be able to ...
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He bought ALL the apples? [closed]

This is a simple premise, that I think could yield a lot of interesting interactions - especially in areas that wouldn't be obvious straight away. In a current-day Earth, what (if any) large-scale ...
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In a post-fossil fuel economy, what could natural gas pipelines be used for?

The United States (as well as many other countries) is covered in a vast network of tubes: These tubes vary greatly in diameter. Some could hardly fit a baseball, while others are large enough to ...
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I Just stole all of the money in the world. What happens now? [closed]

Using a magical computer virus, I’ve stolen all of the money in the world. All of the cash. All of the money from every checking, savings, retirement account. Every bitcoin, etherium, and doge ...
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Could a powerful Roman Empire exist alongside the British Empire? [closed]

I hope this question isn't too big and broad. In my post-apocalyptic series set in the years 2050-2200 in New Zealand after a nuclear war. (this question pertains to pre-war history) This version of ...
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What would happen if South Korea invaded North Korea and some of the major powers weren't able to do anything about it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a sci-fi novel that takes place roughly 200 years or so in the future. I'm currently creating a timeline to figure out what nations would be space-faring nations and which ones would ...
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Why do companies do so well during Christmas time? [closed]

I mean, Santa has been around for a while and his elves have been making kids toys since before I was born, so why do companies always tend to do so well and have empty shelves at around Christmas ...
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How could an inter-temporal banking system work?

(This question is meant to be an improvement and/or replacement for How would you bring wealth back to the past?, which some users have argued is off-topic for this group.) Imagine a future world in ...
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How to mitigate the economic impact of immortality?

So, I'm writing a story about the modern world after a mysterious event starts giving humans superpowers. While most people can only keep a couple of them at a time, there were a few that everyone ...
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What would stop a company able to sell lifespan expansions from ruling the world?

Let's assume few things: There is a difficult technology that allows making someone's body an arbitrary number of years younger, or reset it to, for example, the state of "young adult" - a point when ...
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What could a non-expert blacksmith from a small village do to secure a job in a city?

I'm writing a fantasy story with a human female blacksmith as the protagonist set in a vaguely early-to-middle medieval Europe-like continent. My protagonist is from a small remote village (of about ...
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Feasibility of a village improving its economy through hot springs

I'd like some reality check advices about the following village set in a fantasy world vaguely resembling early-to-middle medieval Europe in our world. Note the phrase "vaguely resembling": I'm ...
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How would you bring wealth back to the past?

Edit: A few people have argued that this question is off-topic, and as I write this it looks like it will be closed soon. However, I have written a new (and hopefully better) version of the question ...
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Why would an advanced civilization trade with tribals?

Question in title. In a situation like this, I could see the tribals having (unknowingly) the most to gain, but not really having anything the advanced civilization would need, and ships going back ...
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Slum Economy: Barter

In the slums of Big City, the state has long lost control. Who lives here has hit rock bottom, or was born into it; most are poor, many struggle to get (healthy) food, and barely get along by either ...
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What would happen if about 1/6 the world population disappeared? [closed]

I’m writing a story where about 1/6 of the world population is moved out of the world (essentially killed off). The ones killed mostly held positions of power (i.e. Politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs,...
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For some reason, humans no longer need to eat food, but it still tastes good. What happens to the food industry?

With necessary food gone, I expect most cheap foods just meant for nutrition would disappear. But many people still eat for pleasure. How does this impact the food industry? What (if any) foods or ...
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How can a Qualia Economy function?

First of all, there are a few parts to this question. Although not necessary, I highly recommend reading my initial designs on the qualia economy. The first part is my own design: The Qualia ...
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What are possible reasons to use Cathode-Ray Displays by tech-advanced civilizations

I have a sci-fi world that is very technologically advanced (at the stage of "sub-singularity" where they have already invented AIs posing danger to humans, but not achieving singularity, so it's not ...
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How would mastering cryogenic life-extension affect economics?

If there is a chance to hibernate one's body for a century depositing some money with an interest rate, I assume many people would do so. It would allow immediately (from person's perspective) to ...
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How could regime prevent future democracy to grant citizenship to hated ethnic group?

Imagine a country under a rule of a regime that is under pressure to democratize. The regime could hold for a decade or so, but the population is growing, while economy is not. And without needed ...
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Two exact replicas of Earth in our solar system [closed]

If there were two exact replicas of Earth in the solar system (both in an equally habitable and stable orbits), with all of the people included, how would they diverge economically and technologically?...
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Is there a way for a country to rebrand itself?

My story is about government of a country with a nasty recent past. Like beating up their neighbors, stealing their lands, expelling the undesirable population, etc. Fortunately for them, and ...
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Can porcelain be “reforged”?

With metals you can take something you don't like, melt it down and use the metal for something else. My question is, can the same be done with porcelain? In my fantasy world, metals like gold, ...
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How can a colony of teleporters make the most money while keeping their teleportation a secret?

The Situation A colony of 100 teleporters (between the ages of 20-40) have been hidden away living like monks for 1000's of years to prevent their detection. With the death of their old leader, a ...
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Time travel to the mid-1980's - how do you sneak into society and make a ton of money as fast as possible? [closed]

The scenario: You are from the distant future, and are trapped in a parallel universe in the mid-1980's. You cannot expose your true identity and your only resource is a hidden laboratory where you ...
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How to stop economic inflation in a future whole-world kingdom?

I am the new king of Earth. All current wars have ceased, and the whole planet operates as one kingdom. We have also decided on a currency. However, in order to pay off debt/create more buildings and ...
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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People? [closed]

As the video linked here shows, there is some evidence linking greater wealth to a greater chance of being more of a jerk. Assuming that we're talking about humans or a sapient race with more or less ...
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Why does this one planet still have slaves?

The year is gazillion and five and humanity has spread out across the galaxy. As we expanded, empires were formed, then toppled, federations coalesced, then unraveled, feudal kingdoms cropped up and ...
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Societal evolution in a post-scarcity economy - hardest thing to change? [closed]

Not as much looking for opinions as much as I am presenting a springboard concept for story ideas. Do we have a category for that? In a post-scarcity economy, a great deal of learned social behaviors ...
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Strategic Value of a 720 degree line

In this world, there is a line of 720 degrees, as opposed to Strategic Value of a line of symmetry which has a line of 180 degrees. In particular, looking at a cross section of the world, imagine ...
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Is there a way to govern an industrial zone with foreign population?

I have a country X that's rapidly growing and badly needs a work force nearby. Unfortunately for the business community population is deeply xenophobic and immigration is a non option. So the ...
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Medieval Setting - Castles Per Capita

I'm creating an rpg medieval setting, and I want it to feel pretty real. Castles make fun locales, so I'm trying to figure out how many castles I can plausibly cram into a 5,000 mi² region. The ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

In a hypothetical scenario humans have discovered a new material that is decently expensive (not antimatter levels). Let's say it's slightly cheaper than gold. What properties would it need to have to ...
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How to justify a positive headcount from one segment of the economy/society to the other in a dual setting? [closed]

edit2: I have searched around and didn't find something relevant to my question. My question is on topic; it is related to "*Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and ...
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How to limit economic growth?

Assumptions Let's assume there is a one world government with a universal currency. It has a Central Bank, large gold reserves, and the currency is fiat-based. The global economy is currently booming,...
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How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power? [closed]

Notice I asked why this question was too broad on WorldBuilding Meta, and JBH was kind enough to explain at length. There isn't anything in particular with my question, so much as the question ...
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Can Communism become a stable economic strategy? How?

In a capitalist Society, you work, you earn money and you buy a shovel to dig a hole In a communist Society, you are given a shovel and told to work Alt History Hub Communism was a major rival ...
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Why might soda be valuable to people post-apocalypse?

So, imagine you are a prospective merchant named Joe, who happens to live in a post-apocalyptic world. One day, you and your business partners visit Atlanta and find -- drumroll please -- the recipe ...
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Property prices in a rotating space habitat? [closed]

In a rotating space habitat, something like a Bernal Sphere, the 'equator' would have stronger gravity than the location closer to the 'poles'. If people living there have to buy their own house (and ...
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How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that require ...
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Recovery from destruction of power plants?

If all the power plants of an industrialized country like (Germany, France, Italy, Korea) are destroyed how long would it take for the country to rebuild its power grid and get back to normal ...
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How can an absolute ruler in a large country keep their regional governors/politicians in check?

I have an alternative-history setting (technology comparable to ~1900), where the country is comparable to modern day Turkey in size (i.e. large), geography (i.e. fertile coastlands, arid heartland), ...