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Questions tagged [economy]

For questions regarding wealth, trade, or financial concepts.

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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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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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Can clay-magic be reasonable? [closed]

In a world where people can manipulate clay with their minds on such a large scale that they could create intricate clay-jars in seconds with their brain, how would it affect the economy if clay is ...
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What are the quirks of half-breed slavery?

Edit: I have three amazing answers that I can't choose between so on the last day (saturday) I will have to decide randomly as I do not want the bounty to not be given but I am providing an overhaul ...
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Realistic applications of alchemy?

The original dream of the alchemists was to turn base metals into gold, however it's quite obvious that after that becomes cheap and easy it becomes basically useless since much of gold's value comes ...
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Value of ice during the Renaissance

This is set during the Renaissance, a mostly normal European setting. Magic works through controlling the flux of energy. A mage can't simply create energy, but he can store and change it. Most ...
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Resource Production Logistics for 15th Century Europe-Era Island

Please bear with any confusing explanations – this is my first question on here. I’ve started building a fantasy world with the rough geography and technological advancement of late 14th –15th ...
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What economic policy changes are needed to make Russia a 7- trillion $ economy by 2035? [closed]

What specific economic policy changes would you undertake, and how fast would Russia grow under your plan (GDP growth)?
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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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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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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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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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How can a banker successfully (and safely) lend money to an autocrat?

I'm the owner of a large bank in Europe, with vast resources at my disposal. I would like to increase my wealth by lending it out at interest. The ruler of the country I'm based in has his own ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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), ...
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How do I actually mine an asteroid?

Obviously, you can't just send a bunch of out-of-work Kentucky coal miners up there to give it a go. You need some sort of specialized equipment. What I want to know is: what equipment will it be? ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why does gold matter so much in a matter of life and death?

We've all played fantasy RTS (real-time strategy) games, like WarCraft or DOTA, where you're in a battle and you need to spend gold to upgrade. Maybe you're buying troops or gear or whatever. But if ...
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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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How hard would it be for Santa to give a present to one child?

Santa has to start getting ready for Christmas 2018, and that means he needs a budget. Now, you might assume that this will require billions of dollars. But that assumes that every child is either on ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Future Government faced with Affordable, Readily Available Super-computers to the Masses [closed]

Premise I'm imagining a world where super-computers are available and moderately affordable to the masses. In 2017 alone, there have been several cyber incidents that have cost state and private ...