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Questions tagged [economy]

For questions regarding wealth, trade, or financial concepts.

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How might an economy in which multiple planets are involved function?

I created the above illustration to help convey my meaning, here is what everything means so that you can read it effectively: E = Earth V = Venus M = Mars The dots in the lower left hand corner ...
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Backing Futuristic “Credits” with Energy?

A lot of worldbuilders that I know and have spoken too, insist that unbacked currencies and items with constantly changing values would be what the economy is based on. I, however, am skeptical of ...
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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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How low could global hegemon be in economic power ranking?

Currently USA is both world largest economy and a global superpower. If China growth continues that will change in near future. I'm building an imaginary world where global hegemon is NOT an economic ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why would anyone build robots when they have human rights?

I have read (and answered) the question: "If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights?". But let's explore the topic from the other direction. Let's ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What can be used as a money in a high-fantasy magic world where noble metals are in practical use?

Imagine a high-fantasy magic world where magic has the place of a science. Noble/rare metals – such as silver, gold, platinum – have the ability to conduct magic energy, which is commonly used in all ...
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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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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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How would taxation for a city-state work in a D&D-like world?

In a magic-rich, Tolkien-inspired world, I am developing a system of taxation for a city-state. Centerseat is an important trade city, with many crafts being made under a guild system. Valuable ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 are the negative effects of a society subscribing to Social Darwinism?

I've built a country with a culture that is somewhat progressive for today (i.e. men and women having equal roles in society, some religious tolerance and culturally-integrated acceptance of ...
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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 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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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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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guaranteed ...