Questions tagged [economy]

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World without the land-based silk route [closed]

The silk route was one of the most important trade routes of the ancient world. Used mostly by merchants to expand their fortunes the silk route was an important part of not only trade but even ...
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Routine monster attacks and city economy [closed]

So puffing up a city settled/founded in the early 1900s (pre-WW1) that has a mixed income of oil and steel production. Fast foward to thriving but adapted economy for the 2010s and monster attacks ...
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How society would evolve if supermarkets were disappearing tomorrow? [closed]

If tomorrow hyper/supermarket physically disappear : the walls and merchandise in it. Not shopkeeper or merchant. A supermarket is a store with a sales area of 400 square meters or more and selling ...
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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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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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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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Due to a series of random events Insider Trading has been legalized, How is the Worldwide economy affected? [closed]

The Year is 2019, and thanks to a series of random events the act of Insider Trading has been legalized across the globe. How is the Global Economy affected? Do small companies/nations collapse due ...
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Would universal basic income work for a Galaxy-wide civilization like Star Wars? [closed]

Could an entire galaxy spanning government be able to maintain an universal basic income?
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Oligarchy as a form of government

Can a country with an oligarchy as an offical form of government be successful and have prosperous citizens?
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Gold Standard with unlimited gold - short term consequences? [closed]

Modern times. Modern world. In my story it's possible for several countries (let's say USA and Russia) to basically get gold out of nothing (their prime cost to do so is <1% of current market ...
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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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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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World with 2 billion people [closed]

How much would fertility rate need to drop for the world to stabilise at 2 billion people in 200 years time? Would the world with this amount of people be vastly more peaceful and prosperous?
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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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What would happen if everybody received $1B? [closed]

My wife is an accountant and she refused to listen to my stupid idea. Before I go and ask economists, I would like to ask Worldbuilding :) CONTEXT: As we hopefully are aware, increasing automation ...
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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 is the effect of a non-existent economy on the environment of a world [closed]

I would like some ideas on how the environment of a world where an economy (nothing financial and no currency system) did not exist - would be affected, would progress etc etc.