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Questions tagged [economy]

For questions regarding wealth, trade, or financial concepts.

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High-Technology Civilization and Flying Mounts (No Magic/Fantasy) [on hold]

TLDR: What does technological progress look like if there are flying Riding Animals available? Edit: I will provide some suggestions below. Edit: Its not about "creating" a lifeform, they already ...
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How do I create costs of living for people of different incomes in a society? [on hold]

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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Does military conflict between commercial companies make sense?

In cyberpunk genre, we often see commercial companies (Big Scary Corporations) engaged in military conflict against each other. This can be seen in videogame "Syndicate" and other media, for example. ...
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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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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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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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Geopolitical and Economic Implications of a Large Eruption at Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is the site of a large supervolcano that is somewhat due for an eruption in the geological near term. I have seen slides and discussions to the effect that large portions of ...
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How would an event that killed 80-90% of my world's population in the past have an effect on my world's economy and culture? [closed]

My world is a medieval age with magic setting, with a fantasy style map (assume flat earth. Not entirely true but accurate enough). The world is several times bigger than Earth. An Empire which ...
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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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Can an interstellar war be remunerative from an economic point of view?

I was thinking about writing a short story about an interstellar war, but there is something that does not leave me rested: My invaders (the race of the protagonist) would start the war against a ...
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What would the economic impact of FTL time travel be? [closed]

Okay, so we found exotic matter and can power our Alcubierre drive. It turns out though, such devices allow travel to the past. The Novikov self-consistency principle holds. My question is, in this ...
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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?
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How can humans enslave a slightly more intelligent species? [closed]

In my story, there is a war between humans and a slightly more advanced and clever species. The humans outnumber the other species and end up winning the war because the humans spread a virus to the ...
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Trading ships simulation and maybe some pirates [closed]

I don't know if this is an acceptable question (it's not even a question), but I like the site artwork and I built a world. Playing with Javascript, I came up with a sea world. Buggy test here http://...
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Medieval Windmills and Milling

The Millers' Guild needs all aspiring Mathemagicians! Medieval Damascus has been expanding its crop-growing land because all these European Crusaders are eating too much bread. Unfortunately the ...
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What are some reasons an employer could legitimately require your voting rights as part of your employment?

In accordance with Citizens United and with the acceptance that the real wealth creation of this nation is created by corporations, we hereby declare that the voting rights of corporations have been ...
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Basing an economy around Coal, Slaves, and War Industry. Does it seem practical?

So right now I've been tasked to come up with a world for a story that centers around what we could probably describe as post-civil war era. Coal is a resource needed for fueling machines and modes of ...
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How to make non-tradable sector unattractive for ambitious entrepreneurs?

I'm writing a story about a government of a former colony who wants to industrialize the country and build its manufacturing base. However too many entrepreneurs prefer to invest into non-tradable ...
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A nearly impossible construction with infinite money

Inspired by this other question: Suppose you did had "infinite" money, which is more than "all" the money, how fast could you build some impossible construction. For this question, let's assume a ...
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Insurance in a world with Superheroes

The less likely an event is, the easier it is to insure against it, as the risk is low. Meteor insurance, if it exists, is probably cheap, and still pretty profitable for the company, as the number of ...
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Ideas for practical post-apocalyptic currency 100 years from now

First, let me introduce the setting. It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 100 years from now. Strange genetic disease wiped out large portion of humanity in a ...
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Would it be realistic to have a world with no currency, just trade?

In the world I’m creating, there’s no specific form of currency. People trade for goods- you could buy clothes from a merchant and in return, they could get food, valuable items, things that could be ...
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Can a kingdom be destabilised by an influx of enemy gold?

A few years ago I read a role-playing game supplement that described a cold war between kingdom Good and kingdom Bad. Both kingdoms used metal coins with silver as the most common followed by gold. ...
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Hypothetical: Could living standards improve in a zero economic and population growth society?

This is a hypothetical question, with the intention of exploring the nature of wealth and standard of living. By zero growth, I mean that the output of goods and services produced per person does not ...
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Effect of gold as power source on the currency system

In our world, gold became a currency for a variety of reasons. Gold was used as a money standard and then it was eventually abandoned. There are still gold reserves around the world for countries to ...
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On a world with differently sized humans, how do I keep wages fair?

Imagine that due to an excess amount of handwavium, my world has humans ranging from only a couple of inches, to around 20 feet. Society has evolved to include people of all sizes into the workforce ...
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How to explain US economic collapse? [closed]

I'm creating a world where US collapsed as the largest economy in the world, shrinking by more than half of its annual GDP. The new congress slashes all the foreign spending, defense spending goes to ...
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Markets for the forfeit lives of convicted domestic abusers

A free-market solution to preventing domestic-abuse A society of normal humans have constructed a socio-economic system where victims of violent domestic abuse are given a murder-right over their ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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What methods might a government employ to stay wealthy?

I currently have a world-spanning empire doing great deeds such as supporting the poor while creating massive pieces of machinery and swimming in art and lavish decoration. Surely they have a ...
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Why buy tech from the future?

The Demonstration You're a rich, successful CEO/capitalist working in the electronics business. Your R&D division is exceptional and routinely fabs state of the art processors at bleeding edge ...
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FTL travel is impossible. How is interstellar trade possible?

Assume a universe depressingly like ours, in which special relativity holds. No hyperspace, no warp drive, no wormholes, and even the limited get-out clauses offered by real world physics either don't ...
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How could an multi-world economy exist if FTL communication, but not travel, existed?

Imagine that we one day invent an ansible, capable of near-instantaneous FTL communication, but we can not transport physical matter any faster than light. Imagine also that we have gotten to the ...
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The Emperor bans the number seven on pain of death. Does this inevitably disrupt a medieval society? (trade and commerce) [closed]

The medieval Emperor is up to his tricks again. He has decided that the number seven is unlucky. Despite advice from his courtiers that it can't be done, he bans its use on penalty of death by any of ...
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How can I make magical projectiles cost effective enough to be practical?

For many centuries, magical armor has outpaced projectiles in warfare. Armor is enchanted with runes in order to make it more effective, as well as proscribed certain abilities to it. Runes are ...
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Minimum percentage of immune when epidemic lowers IQ in the 80's?

I have an epidemic of unknown origin spreading across the earth. The effects are decrease in cognitive ability to around 80+ IQ. So we have a surgeons who don't know how to operate, engineers who don'...
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Creating a scientist-only country in our world [closed]

Wanting to innovate humanity, a multi-billionaire decided to start a new country. He was able to convince a country in Europe to sell a large portion of their land to him. He then constructed ...
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Would this scheme be profitable?

In the not so distant 2040s the world is heading towards a devastating energy crisis, climate change is slowly beginning to take its toll, and unemployment is on the rise globally. But one corporation ...
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Ways to somewhat balance a gem based magic system so as to avoid total oligarchy

Problem In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor ...
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With an impending cataclysmic event, when would the economy break down?

Motivational musings: If there was an impending, unavoidable, and universally accepted cataclysmic event that will absolutely destroy everything, how long would it take for the economy to break down? ...
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How can I encourage responsible business practices among necromancers?

I am DONNA TRUMPET, the first female President of the United states reborn, and one of the greatest leaders in world history. I have managed to recently pass the 103rd amendment to our Constitution ...
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Why would magic wane? It's so useful [closed]

It's a fairly common theme that magic was a more powerful force in the past but as we come into modern times it has got weaker and maybe extinct. But why? The ability to use magic would be a huge ...
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How exactly would trading information take place if there were two virtually identical worlds that could message each other?

A virtually identical Earth has been discovered. Its history is almost exactly the same, with only incredible differences before about forty years ago. As a result, many books and movies are the same ...
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How does a super-power salesman not get shut down for legal reasons?

I am in trouble: my boss, a multi-millionaire, has just come up with a scheme, but it has problems and he wants me to solve them. The whole thing started when he saw this picture: This gave him an ...
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How can resurrecting dead employees be made profitable for a company?

Doanaldin Trumpet, the first female president of the Corporate States of America, has passed a revolutionary bill called the D.E.D (despicable exploitation of the dead) act. This allows employers ...
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How can you build a secure, pre-digital distributed ledger?

A distributed ledger is a 'database' without a central administrator or central storage. Instead, each copy of the database replicates and saves an identical copy of the data and updates itself ...
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How to steal money if you have a quantum computer? [closed]

I'm writing about whistle blower who discovers that his employer, huge profitable corporation is just a front operation. All their diverse products and services are a sham, and the company is ...