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What resources would space traders trade, assuming a gate network but no other FTL exists?

So our world you have wormholes, they aren't "tunnels", just "doorways" of sorts between two systems. The network connects a small portion of our galaxy, some 500 solar systems in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Openness versus the benefits of secrecy [closed]

Would a world in which no information were kept secret be a better or a worse world? The creators of the internet pushed forth ideas of open source and collaboration just as research in math, computer ...
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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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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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Ways to wipe out our digital monetary system [closed]

If a race of advanced beings wanted to wipe out Earths digital monetary system, how might they go about doing so? Answers from real science and speculative science (pseudo-science) are fine.
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The Earth's population limit [duplicate]

As the world continues to increase in population, what is considered to be the limit in terms of amount of habitable living space and resources? A couple of assumptions: Famines are not (or very ...
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What could be the consequences of economic isolation in a medieval post-apocalyptic fantasy setting?

I'm running an RPG campaign (using Fantasy Age rules) in a medieval setting, a few generations after a sort of apocalypse happened. The region the characters are in is the one that was least affected ...
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What is the limit of Graphene CPUs? [closed]

In the world I'm building, set roughly 350 years in the future, the humans have colonized the Solar System and other systems beyond using a hyperlane network discovered at the edges of the Solar ...
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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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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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What would you send in 10 m³ to the medieval age, and how would you obtain it? [closed]

So my protagonist has received "future data" because of this he is sure that a space that is 10 meters cubed will be transported back in time to a medieval time and place outlined in the data. "future ...
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What would happen if a series of shops opened that operated to keep a constant amount of items? [closed]

So, there's a type of shop, called 'Equalstocks'. Equalstocks start with a certain amount of tradeable items, say 50,000, and set a starting price for each item. The price is then forever set as (...
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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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Can the collapse of capitalism trigger space colonization? [closed]

I'm looking for a plausible scenario/story which may answer the question above. Such us this one: Capitalism collapses or it's close to it because it is a system based on debt that is to say ...
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No Taxes Government [closed]

Would it be possible if a government were to run on selling services to the people (like a business) and not have any sort of tax as an income? For example, you could actually buy your own healthcare ...
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How can an elder god's corporation remove suspicion from its plans while preserving its clandestine monopoly?

The elder god Mickeyruth seeks to enter our reality and dominate humankind. To accomplish this, he has used his loyal cult of followers to found a company called Disney. Throughout the decades, this ...
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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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What will the effects be of a major water reservoir collapse?

Some time ago I heard a comment on some National Geographic or Discovery Channel program that the earth rotation is slowed down due to water trapped in dams. I did not pay attention to this at the ...
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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 ...
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Ocean-Based Travel When Space Travel Has Been Achieved [duplicate]

In a world where interstellar travel is just beginning, and is expensive, does such technology make ocean-based travel obsolete? Does the ability to use air/space flight around the world make water ...
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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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Trade - What does the devil want from us? [closed]

The idea that human beings can make contract with some kind of supernatural evil (or just supernatural, not necessarily evil) has been floating around for what seems to be the span of written history. ...
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How could a hacktivist group punish the political elite of a country? [closed]

In what ways could a group of hackers punish the political elite of country (like russia) so disastrously that its economy and politics will take decades to recover? The answer should lean more on ...
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How does one typically gain influence and power in a modern city? [closed]

Let's say there is a business man who owns a company (also a CEO) and moves to a wealthy municipality. He wants to be the mayor or at least the de facto undisputed ruler of the area. How would he go ...
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Utilizing government debt to manipulate the government

In a modern industrialized country, the government issues bonds to cover the majority of their debt. There is an individual, or group, that wishes to push policy to favor their morals. What percentage ...
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If a mayor were to find his city was about to be razed to the ground, who would he appeal to? [closed]

Let's imagine a scenario, where, in a dystopic industrial society, a mayor of a medium-sized city learns that his city is about to be destroyed by some powerful force within the bureaucracy of his ...
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Corporate Overlord [closed]

So I have a company that currently makes about as much as like... say Apple, but is expanding in multiple markets. It's probably going to have a monopoly on several product types in the next couple ...
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What are the priorities to colonize a new piece of land?

Fantasy setting, Lord of the Rings style, homebrewed into a D&D campaign. Magic exists, although strong casters are fairly rare. Our group are strongly built males only, recently saved from ...
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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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Token based voting system

Would it be sustainable if all world decisions were based off of the two phrases "A penny for your thoughts" and "My 2 cents"? At some minimum age (18) everyone receives a small amount of tokens (5). ...
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How does Santa afford the materials to make the toys?

While Santa has slave labour the elves to make the toys, the toys have to be made from source materials, most of which may not be available on the North Pole. So how does Santa actually afford the ...
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What is going to happen if all the currency in the world simply disappeared at once? [closed]

Let's say reality gets modified by someone evil, and all the currency in Earth (in any form, cash, bitcoins and banks) all simply disappear in an instant. What is going to happen, assuming the ...
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Alternatives to a modern world that uses unemployed as a resource [closed]

In a human, modern, developed, technological world, the benefits of modernism begin to deliver bad results. It takes a huge force to concentrate in large cities, housing is unaffordable, jobs have ...
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How might a multi-backed commodity currency work?

I have three post apocalypse tribes who each produce different goods, let's say black beans (protein dominant), potatoes (carb dominant), and vegetable oil (fat dominant). They're unifying into a ...
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Martian Currency [closed]

Context (from comment) It is an independent Mars that is cut-off from Earth after an apocalyptic event damages most of human civilization. The technology is nearish-future and I want to keep it ...
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Midas sucker punch [closed]

One fine day Loki decided to grant everyone on Earth today a gift of wealth: one only has to deliver a blow catching the recipient off guard to turn the victim into gold nuggets. My question is how ...
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Would police robots affect the economy? [closed]

We have all viewed at least one film/movie/video/series that depicted metallic police officers in a dystopian (or utopian, take your pick) future. As the link points out we are already building said ...
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How would a money-based election system effect the economy? [closed]

So what would happen if there was a tiny country on the north-west peak of a Pangaea-like continent filled with enough resources to fuel a war with earth for decades (though the war never actually ...
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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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Does a culture focused on gaining material wealth expand, contract or ignore where its currency is circulated?

I'm putting together a setting for a RPG campaign. The feel I am going for is Age of Englightment / Pirates of the Carribean (so, roughly 1730 technology level) but in an alternate world where humans ...
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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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Plausible path to convert a small college town into a commune (late 70s to late 10s)

So, here's the rules: You start with a small college town in the western US Small populations of Native Americans, Mexicans, Blacks, etc. You have to start in the late 70s In the 70s, the college ...
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Where should the terrorist destroy to destablize global economy [closed]

In my story(setting--modern day), a group of terrorist got one nuclear device from North Korea(50-100 kiloton). Their goal is to destablize global economy so the common people in first world nation (...
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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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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 ...