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Questions tagged [economy]

For questions regarding wealth, trade, or financial concepts.

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Which businesses/industries can easily and efficiently launder money? [closed]

In a world roughly like ours, I have $millions per year, variable, in illegal income that I want to launder through a legitimate business. I want to be able to scale the business up and down to fit ...
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Creating a living currency

I'd like to implement a currency that is "alive". Picture a small, rat-sized animal that is: only found in a small geographic region, making it reasonably scarce. lethargic, or in hibernation most ...
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How to control alcohol consumption in my country?

I have a problem with too many men suffering from alcoholism in my country. I tried putting large taxes and limiting the stores that sell alcohol but that led to cottage industry of low quality ...
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How could a group of poorly treated people make an earth-like colony in space? [closed]

I'm thinking of writing a story and thought of an objective that one of the characters I'm writing for would be working towards. He comes from an ethnic minority that has been thoroughly damaged by ...
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Would 4 day 36 hour work week be highly detrimental to the economy of my country?

I would like to make mandatory 4 day - 36 hours work week in my beloved Wadiya. Friday is part of the weekend, Monday - Thursday 9 working hours per day. That law should apply to all government ...
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Record-based currency

I was wondering whether a particular system of currency that I designed for a kingdom in my world would be feasible. The government is a heavily bureaucratic monarchy, and all of the government has ...
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Culture of family firms economy

The situation is like this. The government owns all the big businesses (utilities, large manufacturers etc) but allows family firms in order for economy to not completely grind to halt as the last ...
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Stock Exchanges with only 6 price changes a day?

I am trying to write a world economy system for a utopia. Can a worldwide stock exchange with only 6 price changes every day work? i.e. people can only sell or buy n-stocks every 6 hours, compared ...
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On The Sustainable Use of Metal Transmutation

In my story, it is possible (through alchemy, or some kind of mysterious magical process) to turn base metals into gold. This ability is not widespread, and knowledge of it is uncommon. In fact, most ...
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What would be the impacts on a town if the people did not need to eat or drink [closed]

I am designing a town that upon entering you would no longer need to consume and food or water, you would just be "replenished" by magical or technological means without having to actually do anything....
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Could a society use kilocalories for setting the base price of goods/services? [closed]

It takes an enormous amount of energy to manufacture a computer, and less to create a ceramic food bowl, but only a small amount to grow a strawberry in Earth soil. Could we be setting product & ...
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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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How to use sound to replace signage

Background In an environment with little visibility/short line of sight, in a roughly medieval setting, people who wish to represent their business and guilds etc., choose do so using sounds/music. ...
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Economy without inflation

I have a fictional country which I'm currently mapping. My country's currency is the Lobe, an acronym for 'Loaf Of Bread Equivalent'. The government guarantees that 1 Lobe will always buy 1 loaf of '...
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Could a society use bullets as money?

I'm making a world that is 1/3 medieval fantasy, 1/3 pre-civil war American west, and 1/3 Mad Max. The world underwent an apocalyptic scenario that destroyed the governing bodies at the time, but it ...
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In a slightly more scientifically advanced society. Would half human be discriminated [closed]

My universe has a slightly more scientifically advanced human world where human had just won a war against sentient dragons (threats of nuclear MAD) from another dimension AND aliens from another ...
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Which would be the most likely outcome of a whole city where everyone living on it was a billionaire (with some extra conditions)? [closed]

I'd like to know which would be the most likely outcome of a city of 100,000 people where we can consider any consuming good or service can be achieved if everyone were given 1 billion dollars from ...
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Copper, Silver and Gold coins value in a Medieval Age Economy? [closed]

In a Medieval Age (there is like a mix of low, mid, high age + magic, so It's undefined), I was making the economy and I want to use copper (4,48g), silver (5.245g) and golden (9.65g) coins, the "(Xg)"...
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Is an economy based on piracy possible?

What would be needed for a piracy-based economy? One based mainly on raiding ships? I don't know if there are any real-life models of this that were successful, though I know that piracy existed (and ...
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Economic and social roles of those without magic?

In a world where magic is inheritable and most people possess it, what would some of the expected economic and social roles of those without magic to be? ---Background Info Below--- The inheritance ...
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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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Are there any benefits in joining OPEC?

If country discovers large oil reserves in its territory are there any benefits in joining OPEC? The time period is late 70's just before Iranian revolution, the country is fictitious one in Sub-...
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What would cause governments to completely avoid maritime affairs?

In a magic, high medieval, setting what factors could contribute to governments avoiding maritime affairs with the exception of perhaps simple coast guards to prevent smuggling, given they are coastal ...
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How to crash the earth into the sun? [closed]

I have grown a strong hatred against humanity..... so I want to kill all of them MWHAHAHAHAHAHA hahahaha cough. I have near unlimited resources in terms of money. So I want to know how to make the ...
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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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How to justify powerful magic items being for sale in a high-magic world?

In the world of Heroes of Might and Magic powerful artifacts are a (relatively) common quest reward. And by "powerful" I mean powerful, something that can turn a would-be catastrophic defeat into a ...
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What would a country need to survive isolation?

What can a country do to become self sufficient in isolation and can it improve its technology as fast as countries such as the USA, Japan, or Russia?
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What inventions/technologies would have to be created to achieve apotheosis? [closed]

Apotheosis is the highest point of development in technology or a society. What key milestones need to be reached in order to achieve this in the fields of: Chemistry Physics Biology Engineering ...
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Professions For A Society

I've been working on building a society for my story, but I've run into what I consider to be a significant problem. What are the different professions required to maintain a society of a ...
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Currency for my medieval game

I'm creating a game that can grow to an enormous extent, basically can be played with 2 or more and every one represents a nation. Everyone starts with a small castle, a small village and a small army ...
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Super-generic Fantasy World: The problem with Murder Hobos [closed]

Murder Hobo is a pejorative and very descriptive term. It refers to the player types or a band of those player types, who are basically homeless serial killers, responsible for ruining the currency of ...
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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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If hereditary superheroes were appearing, would muggles try to exterminate or profit off of them? [closed]

This question is based on the premise of the X-Men franchise, where superheroes that pass the potential for powers through heredity are used as a metaphor for persecuted minorities. I find this ...
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How do i sell the last love potion? [closed]

Let's say a guy (let's call him Rene) found an old chest in his new house. The chest contains only a strange bottle filled with 600 milliliters of a pink fluid that emanates an eerie light. The note ...
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How would a human society in the Age of Sail be affected by the existence of a portal network?

So I have this mid-to-low fantasy world (which in this case can be taken to mean that it is a setting where there are monsters and various types of supernatural creatures but they're at least slightly ...
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What kind of industries would legal and regulated necromancy spawn and require? [closed]

This is for a setting I'm slowly building up for my own writing / game creation needs. We used this setting as a background for (a sadly very short-lived) RPG campaign before and I was pleasantly ...
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How would society cope with a deformity that physically revealed all our secret vices? [closed]

I'm writing a story about a kind of plague that doesn't kill but instead reveals. This plague causes mottling (think spots of grey or brown) to appear on the skin whenever someone is in a state of ...
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How would a world with different timescales behave [closed]

Let's immagine time is like water or wind, it is uniform as of now, but it can also move and be uneven. So where there is more time, you'd complete a one-hour task earlier than if you'd have done it ...
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Can a country with successful economy have most jobs with alternating work/break weeks (1 week of work, 1 week of free time)?

Laws and regulations related to labor time of this country tend to be designed around the concept that you must have as much free time as the time you work and where possible this cycle must alternate....
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How much money would a soul cost? [closed]

Felryite is a pale gemstone that can trap souls. Souls can be used as a powerful energy source. They can be used to extend the lifespan of a person by 100 years, to create a sentient AI and an über-...
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How to sell a real Spellbook and what price for it? [closed]

Brad discovers a book in his basement. The old book is written in ancient English and dates from 1800. Brad learned a fire spell and burnt his house to the ground; only he and the book survived. Now,...
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How realistic is a future aristocracy?

Let us make a few assumptions about how advanced countries develop over the next 50-100 years. These assumptions are endlessly debatable and controversial, but are static for the purposes of this ...
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Could inequality and class warfare still exist in a post-scarcity society?

Let's assume post-scarcity in this case means everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has unlimited access to food (or bio-engineered food substitutes), a place to live, means of ...
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A smaller price for a lesser faustian deal

We all know the classical trope of making a deal with the devil. The mortal applicant desires some worldly possession, knowledge, or power, and is willing to trade his own soul for it. Picture the ...
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In a world with machines that can convert energy into matter and vice versa, what would be an incentive for being a public servant?

In a world with a united human species, machines have been distributed by a republican form of government that can create matter out of energy which is provided in something along the lines of a wall ...
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Assuming a Commodity-Backed Currency Capable Of Various Production Grades, What Problems Or Eccentricities Might Arise? [duplicate]

I'm working on a science fiction setting right now that takes place in the distant future (several millennia from now) and the human race is ruled by a loosely allied collection of noble houses - in ...
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Is a political union the only union that allows one country to be another's guarantor?

Editing this question to word it better. I don't know if it's a unique dilemma or a silly premise, but it looks like I need more guidance than I thought. I'm not a history buff and kingdom/state ...
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Space colonization becoming economically recoverable

One of the big problems by manned space exploration and colonization, that it's insanely expensive. Building a colony on other celestial bodies - since it's impractical to bring back the acquired ...
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How to plausibly build a worldwide oligopoly regarding pretty much all areas?

I'm designing a story where I'm taking current situations and trends such as market and cultural globalization, massive state debt and constant corporate mergers to a semi-dystopian extreme in order ...
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Why would Patent Terms be extended to centuries?

I need technology patent terms to last centuries, thousands of years even (not necessarily millions though). Obviously I don't need the Patent Laws to change overnight. The Laws can take its time to ...