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Can we have a happy and balanced society without currency or barter? [closed]

Currencies from gold to bitcoins have inherent issues, they require everything to be priced, they make money required for people to survive, they make people seek to earn money, and since money is ...
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What would be the value of gold and jewelry in a post-apocalyptic society?

World War VI happened in year 2xxx and the government went AWOL. No federal, state, county government. Chaos and anarchy ensued, and Charles Hestion IX [1] felt his ancestor's efforts paid off. Ammo ...
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Trading goods with harpies

The human country lies on a mountain plateau. On one side, the plateau stops at the top of a cliff, after which there are a collection of stacks and a group of tabletop mountains, none of them ...
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Backup trade economy for digital economy during a blackout

A small country uses a digital economy, meaning there is no cash used in daily transactions. All transactions are stored on a government's central database. An EMP attack/blackout manages to take ...
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Gold standard in an interplanetary empire

I want to create an interplanetary empire in a single solar system. It is ruled by an Emperor and his court officials. I want this interplanetary empire to utilize a complex economic system where ...
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Create local money backed by gold, and spent all gold secrectly, can the money keep its value? [closed]

Consider the scenarios, X is a colony of the Empire. People fight back and they establish the resistance government. The newly-founded resistance government creates its own money for their people. ...
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What point in a society does a royal mint become important?

So, this one's probably for those ones with a bit of knowledge of economic history. I'm wondering what events tend to trigger the formation of a royal mint in a society so that a country might start ...
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Effects of unique magical artefacts on economy?

There's a city. It houses just over 200,000 people. What's special about this city, is that it's the only city. About nine kilometres from the center of the city, in all directions, is a fog. Any ...
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Hostile takeover of a bank by a state possible?

A large international bank with its central seat in Switzerland has accumulated tremendous wealth and absorbed many smaller banks, becoming a thorn in the eye of the government of a powerful ...
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Medieval Professions that can be performed indoors and have walking customers

I'm making a game with the classic medieval theme. Where the player must manage a medieval store of some sort(it's a tycoon...) I'm struggling to find different professions or "types of stores" that ...
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The Gnome city: World Economics [closed]

So I have a race of Gnomes, (think smaller, less hairy dwarfs) that live inside a hollow mountain in the center of a desert on my fictional planet. This planet has civilization but it is mostly ...
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Would a planet-sized computer like a Jupiter Brain or a Matrioksha brain be more expensive to build than the Death Star?

If a Galaxy-wide Civilization like Star Wars were to build a Jupiter brain or Matrioksha brain, would it probably cost more to build then the Death Star? In Star Wars the Darth Star was over a ...
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RPG adventurers - the ultimate migrant workforce?

Garm the Berserker wanders into the lonely homestead of Greenroot Farm. The mayor of the nearby Stonybrook Village directed Garm here, implying that Old Borgi would have some work for him. "Really, no ...
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How would the (US or world) economy recover if healthcare became unnecessary?

The year is 2019. Someone has taken the most cutting-edge AI technologies to create a machine. It was tasked with studying the DNA humans, and making them indestructible. A virus was created that ...
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What would a society of carnivores be like?

Suppose a species of carnivores had evolved to the point of human-like sapience. How different would their society be in comparison to human society, in terms of agriculture (if any), food production,...
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Spices and Foods to Trade [closed]

Assuming a medieval setting, what kind of spices, foods, seasonings etc. . . are available to trade. Handwave transporting them and assume any and every possible biome to choose from. EDIT: Okay so ...
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If one tech giant (Google, Facebook, Amazon) were to go down, which one would be most detrimental? [closed]

I want to write a short story where the internet is damaged so much that it isn't as integrated into everyday life. The internet isn't gone, but it's used mainly for communication that isn't ...
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Economy of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy in order to be a viable system? For more information on the Kardashev scale and a Type II ...
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Society, Economy & Government of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy, governing body and society in order to be a viable system? For more information on the ...
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What would be the best unit system in a medieval heroic fantasy world?

I was recently reading an medieval heroic fantasy book and I was disturbed by the usage of the metric system. Distances, heights were expressed in meters and it reminded me advanced civilization and ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Give the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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How long would it take to set up a galactic government [closed]

Let's assume that the Alcubierre drive has been created, and there are no problems with it, such as energy requirements or time dilation. The human species is united in a planetary government. ...
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Realistic economic impact of a Hero

You've probably played this game before — the hero goes out into the wilderness, slaughters hordes of beasts and bandits, then returns to the town and promptly sells all his loot to the nearest ...
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How would the world change if cryptocurrencies supersede all conventional bank businesses? [closed]

What would happen if cryptocurrencies supersede all the current money businesses? Will economy create a different system to get stabilized anyhow? My current approach: Due to a lack of financial ...
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Fantasy: Swords, Sorcery and Slavery -truth vs trope [closed]

I'm editing a fantasy novel that includes slavery -or the relatively new introduction of slavery. I feel the practical complications of slavery, moral and economic, have been overlooked. Questions: ...
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Strategic Value of a line of symmetry

So in my world, there is a line of 180 degree symmetry. What this means if that if we assign it coordinates of (0,0,z), then (x,y,z) and (-x,-y,z) will be the same point. The z=0 plane is the ground. ...
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Justifications for practicing capitalism in what's otherwise a world 2,000+ years post-scarcity? [closed]

So, for some context: This is a world artificially engineered by a single hyper-advanced precursor in an attempt to rapidly develop some new civilizations and militarize them in hopes of combating a ...
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Currencies of Modern Medieval Nations [duplicate]

My world is in the future (very far, ~2480), but due to an energy crisis, the global economy has failed and has resulted in a sort of "medievalization" of the current nations. Given that present time ...
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How do I calculate GNP for a country on an Earth-like planet?

I'm creating a planet with an Earth-like environment for a sci-fi campaign game. The game is operational/tactical but has some strategic aspects. Specifically, players will only be able to purchase ...
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What would sustain the overall climate of danger, lawlessness and poverty of a rim world?

In the video game Rimworld, the "rim worlds" are worlds that are far away from other inhabited worlds. Often, they are characterised as worlds that are very isolated (due to there being no FTL travel ...
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Economic and cultural landscape in a (Secretly) post-scarcity world?

So in the tabletop role-play game I'm working on, rodents (squirrels, mice, rats, etc.) occupy a mall, strangely uninhabited by humans. Humans blew themselves up a long time ago, shortly after they ...
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What mystery of history to solve first? [closed]

Let us assume humanity, in the near future, acquires the technology to look and listen into the past without being able to change any of it, but it is very complicated and even more expensive, so, for ...
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Geographically, how large would a very populous city during the 16th century be?

A rich nation, constantly embroiled in warfare and more often than not being invaded, has built, about a couple decades ago, a grand city over the old capital. It houses a very large population of ...
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If memories and knowledge could be kept, which year would be best to be “reborn” in? [closed]

I'm trying to create a character that is given an option after his death to choose the exact year he wants to be reborn in with all his memories still there. However, he is not allowed to let anyone ...
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Could communism become a strong alternative to capitalism in the future? [closed]

From Marx, capitalism and communism are: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. From the Encyclopedia Britannica: Communism, the political and economic doctrine that ...
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Santa is broke. How much does it cost for someone else to be Santa?

Well, Santa's finally done it. He's bankrupt, thanks to some rather dubious investments and some bad luck in the real estate market (a couple ice sheets he was renting out just melted away). Kris ...
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How can duplicating every object in existence leads to a economic collapse of a society?

Background Mankind has nearly exhausted their natural resources. Even recycling is insufficient for the growth rate the world's population. And then along comes the device. It's not magic, except in ...
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Interplanetary commerce: how do you compare currencies?

Considering that interplanetary trade will likely be limited because of cost of shipping vs product value, how would interplanetary money be valued against each other? I'm thinking more along the ...
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How would you make humanity extinct? [closed]

I'm trying to explore the consequences of just removing humans from the ecosystem. How could I kill off all of humanity without affecting plants, other animals, etc?
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Concealing source of goods when dispersion of goods is public [closed]

In a world set in the distant past, People A decides to use People B living a good ways outside the city as their first line of defense and early warning signal. They have managed to indoctrinate ...
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How would one go about buying a Continent? [closed]

In my world, a multi-billion dollar company, with assets matching that of the current global superpower, China, is looking to purchase the continent of Africa. My world is similar to the world we are ...
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Would glass bullets be feasible in a hypothetical world?

Enter the world of hypothetical-ness: Imagine a world where we have used almost all of our copper, lead, and iron supplies and deposits. The amount that we still do have is not enough to make a lot ...
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How can I make money work across separate planets?

Over time separate countries have adopted common currencies, and a world can be imagined where a planet has a single currency. However, in building a world spanning a multiplanet system (several ...
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Alternative materials for records [closed]

This question is inspired by large discussions about pros and cons of electronic sales records from real world. It is sure that electronic sales records are not fitting to classical fantasy (that is ...
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How can a Scientocracy/Technocracy Convince Its Citizens to Embrace Drastic Eugenics?

In my extreme world where controversial public policies are implemented based only on hard/robustly peer-reviewed scientific studies, the people of this nation prospered and were fruitful in birth-...
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What if we cancelled property inheritance? [closed]

Say there was a rise of a social democratic group inside the US Democratic party in 1990' that would in a matter of 5 years convince over 70 % of Americans that we should cancel inheritance, so that ...
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Gold Standard with unlimited gold - short term consequences? [closed]

Modern times. Modern world. In my story it's possible for several countries (let's say USA and Russia) to basically get gold out of nothing (their prime cost to do so is <1% of current market ...
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How can I enforce the use of CRT monitors?

For reference: I am thinking of a story where travel between worlds exists, but people have to "start over" on each world. So they can't just take their current computers to a new world. The monitors ...
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How would crowdfunding work in a medieval fantasy setting?

For context of the setting, numerous fairly large cities serve as the seats of regional feudal governments in a stable, prosperous kingdom. There are a lot of commerce in the cities, and merchants ...
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Any benefits or problems on using a national I.D chip implant rather than an I.D card in a high tech society?

In that distant future. Technology has greatly advanced to a degree where now people could augment their senses using cybernetic implants connected via the brain. [ Essentially making the use of a ...